Dr. Aswani Volety recently moved into the role of Interim Dean for the College of Arts & Sciences, and has been part of the growth of CAS from an early stage, arriving in 1999, the second year of classes at FGCU. Dr. Volety has worn many hats as a faculty member and an administrator, serving as a professor of Marine Science, and teaching at the graduate and undergraduate level. He has served as Director of FGCU’s Vester Marine Field Station, and was Chair of the Department of Marine and Ecological Sciences for six years. Dr. Volety will serve as Interim Dean during the transitional period, from Spring 2013 to Fall 2014.
Dr. Volety’s research expertise includes shellfish diseases, physiology, immunopathology, toxicology, and management and restoration of shellfish habitat. His current research includes investigating the effects of watershed alteration, freshwater inflows and contaminants on the biochemical, physiological, and ecological responses of oysters; examining the impacts of redtides on shellfish; and, adaptive management resulting in habitat restoration. He has been funded by various federal, state and private agencies such as the USEPA, National Research Council, Sea Grant, National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, NOAA’s Saltonstall-Kennedy Program, Charlotte Harbor National Estuary Program, South Florida Water Management Program, and Mote Marine Laboratory, and collaborates extensively internatiionally. Dr. Volety has over 100 presentations to his credit in various national and international meetings in addition to nearly 25 peer-reviewed publications. Dr. Volety is a reviewer of proposals for various State and Federal Agencies such as the NSF, National Sea Grant, and Louisiana Board of Regents, reviewer of manuscripts for journals such as the Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry, Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology, Journal of Shellfish Research, Journal of Experimental Biology, Environmental Management, Marine Environmental Research, and Estuaries. He has organized many special sessions in national and international meetings and has served on several panels including the Caloosahatchee Estuary Conceptual model for Everglades Restoration.
As he moves into the Interim Dean position, Dr. Volety is looking forward to working with the CAS faculty to continue the work of the College in fostering interdisciplinary research, enhancing international collaborations, increasing institutional effectiveness and creating additional efficiencies within the College. Thanks to the strong foundation that the previous Deans, Chairs, faculty and staff have built, he feels the College is in a position to capitalize on these strengths of innovative teaching, shared governance and research excellence as we move forward. He is privileged and honored to work for and with such accomplished colleagues.