South Miami’s Mayor, Dr. Phillip Stoddard
The public service commitment of Democratic Municipal Officials ranges from part time volunteer public servants who may only receive a small stipend, or no stipend for their work, to those who serve full-time and are professionally compensated to serve in that capacity. The range of careers from which DMOs hail is truly representative of America. DMOs are doctors, attorneys, small business owners, farmers, and veterinarians. Today, we honor an educator and scientist who brings that expertise to bear as he works to protect and improve the lives of his constituents.
Dr. Phillip Stoddard is a popular tenured professor in the Biological Sciences Department at Florida International University (FIU), a vibrant public research university. He is a broadly trained biological scientist, with specializations in animal behavior and neurobiology. In 1992, he moved from Cornell University to FIU, where he teaches undergraduate biology courses, graduate courses, and directs doctoral students. He is active in faculty leadership on campus and is funded by the National Science Foundation to study how dishonesty affects communication systems.
On his campaign website, Dr. Stoddard defines his values:
Honesty is the trade of a scientist. As a scientist I must seek the truth, even when it takes me outside my comfort zone and even when it conflicts with my previously held beliefs. Indeed scientists can frustrate the public by considering evidence that runs counter to our ideas. I listen to and consider all evidence.
Civic valuesEnvironmental values
I believe we must contribute to the general good of society, even when that entails some personal sacrifice. Societies that have not worked together have perished. I have become active in affairs affecting the welfare of city residents, but the one that bothers me most is corruption, because it destroys the very fabric of civil democracy.
I would rather be honest than economically well-off.
I would rather be honest than get my way.
At the current average temperatures and CO2 levels, the sea level will rise – the geologic records show it always has.
WE MUST ACT DECISIVELY, NOW, TO PROTECT THE ENVIRONMENT AND SLOW CLIMATE CHANGE.
If not, our children will lose their homes as Miami will be the first major city in the USA to perish to drought and sea level rise.
Dr. Stoddard uses his science credentials as an environmental leader in his "City of Pleasant Living.” He serves on the Miami-Dade County League of Cities Energy, Environment and Natural Resources Committee. Mayor Stoddard’s spouse, Dr. Gray Read, a professor of Architecture chairs the South Miami Green Task Force. Mayor Stoddard is a fighter for safe, effective energy use that protects the public welfare.
According to Mayor Cindy Lerner (Pinecrest), our DMO Florida Chapter Chair, "Mayor Stoddard has brought in the Union of Concerned Scientists and environmental journalists to help our region focus on environmental and energy issues. He is a strong ally in protecting our environment, and we are proud to nominate him as our DMO of the Month.”