Colloquium Office Manager
Phone: (239) 590-7488
Florida Gulf Coast University
10501 FGCU Blvd. South
Fort Myers, Florida 33965-6565
Campus Naturalists act as a liaison to the campus community and particularly University Colloquium students. Most importantly, naturalists act as peer interpreters, helping students connect to the campus ecosystem and the wild side of Florida - including campus trails, native and exotic wildlife, wetland and upland ecosystems, natural and cultural resources and conservation areas. Campus Naturalists also educate classes about FGCU environmental and sustainability initiatives such as LEED certified buildings, our energy conservation measures, and recycling programs. Campus Naturalists primarily assist professors in leading classes at Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary, Matanzas Pass Preserve, Downtown Fort Myers, and on the Campus Trails. Naturalists may occasionally assist with other Colloquium field trips, campus trail clean-ups and other service learning events sponsored by University Colloquium. Naturalists help their peers understand the natural environment they are visiting. Training is provided throughout the year. Naturalists may also be required to assist with other projects, programs or events as assigned.
My name is Shawn Brunelle and I am a junior here FGCU. I am a Biology major, with a passion for plants and molecular biology. I aspire to one day become a botanist, focusing specifically on plant genetics. I love exploring nature and I’m a fan of getting lost in the wild. One day I plan to visit all the National Parks in North America. My favorite trips are the campus trails and the Food Forest.
“Here is your country. Cherish these natural wonders, cherish the natural resources, cherish the history and romance as a sacred heritage, for your children and your children's children. Do not let selfish men or greedy interests skin your country of its beauty, its riches or its romance.”- Theodore Roosevelt
Hi everyone! My name is Shannon Powers and I’m a Junior here at FGCU majoring in Marine Science with a minor in Education. I’m a Florida native, born and raised in Sarasota and have a huge appreciation for all of Florida’s diverse environments. Over the summer, you can find me working at Mote Marine Lab & Aquarium as a marine science educator for grades 3rd to 5th! I have a huge passion for informal education and would hopefully like to end up working in the education department of a zoo or aquarium. Until then, I am excited to share this passion of mine with my fellow FGCU Eagles!
“I’m FGCU’s first Senior Naturalist, and also a graduate with a Biology (B.S.) degree concentrated in organismal and ecological studies. I’m currently pursuing an Environmental Science (M.S.) degree at FGCU conducting research on molecular ecology applications to conservation. Two of my ongoing projects include studying sawfish diet and harmful algal bloom impacts. In my time as a naturalist since 2013, I’ve become a Certified Interpretive Guide and CPR/AED/First-Aid certified.
I’m from Fort Myers and originally have a background in engineering, drafting, and design before I began my academic journey at FGCU, where I quickly switched from an Engineering to Biology focus after experiencing my first few classes. From there on, I quickly developed a passion for wildlife and ecology through my coursework, service learning, and time in various leadership positions.
My current interests are traditional and molecular ecology, effective environmental communication, and herpetology among many others. My specialty is frogs and toads, and I’ll literally “jump” at the opportunity to show one to students. My favorite is the Oak Toad.”
My name is Samantha Headley, but I usually go by Sam. I am sophmore at FGCU majoring in Environmental Studies. I'm from Miami, Florida and like any Floridian I am a complete beach bum. I love everything about the ocean and hope to someday work with rescue and rehabilitation of marine wildlife. I am a certified scuba diver and an officer for the FGCU Scuba Club. I also enjoy kayaking, camping, drawing, comics, and just being all around silly and adventurous. I hope to one day be working doing research, rescue, and rehabilitation on marine mammals, such as dolphins and manatees (which are my favorite). Dream jobs for me include working with: Dolphin Plus, Clearwater Marine Aquarium, Georgia Aquarium, MOTE, Disney Under the Seas, or Animal Kingdom. If you see me around feel free to come up and say hi!!!
My name is Macy Kennedy and I am a senior with an environmental studies major! I love being outdoors and going kayaking. I am from Southwest Florida and love all the wildlife our ecosystems have to offer. I currently have 13 tree cameras out in Golden Gate Estates to capture Florida Panther photos for my senior research project. My favorite wildlife experience was my study abroad trip to South Africa where we studied conservation biology and went on safaris in Kruger National Park. Seeing the biodiversity the world has to offer was an incredible experience.
Hi! My name is Courtney, and I received my Bachelor's in Environmental Studies and I am currently a graduate student working on my Master's in Environmental Science. I was born and raised in Florida and love the environment here! I enjoy longboarding, drawing, and studying birds. I also love reptiles and have three pet geckos! I have also worked for Audubon as Lee Anchor Steward, and am currently the newsletter editor for the Audubon Society of Southwest Florida. I have also volunteered at Shy Wolf Sanctuary and the Conservancy of Southwest Florida. I am passionate about wildlife and I enjoy sharing that with others!
Hi, My name is Alex Marsh and I am a sophomore majoring in Biology. I grew up in the middle of the woods in western Pennsylvania, and this is where I found my passion for nature. I have a special interest in herpetology which is the study of reptiles and amphibians. Most days you can find me walking the nature trails or the side of the roads looking for wildlife. Over the summer, I volunteered at a reptile center in South Africa where I handled some of the deadliest snakes on the planet! After I earn my biology degree, I hope to continue my education in veterinary school.
Hello people of FGCU, I'm Julie! I am a junior majoring in Environmental Studies with a concentration in Ecology and Environmental Assessment and a minor in Biology. I'm a Hoosier turned Floridian, who loves the swamp, ocean, and everything in between. You can catch me floatin’ in a cypress dome, diving in a spring, or snacking in the Food Forest. I'm all about sustainability and my favorite animal is a jellyfish. Ride a bike, eat plants, hike often, and of course, go Eagles!
"I only went out for a walk and I finally concluded to stay out till sundown, for going out, I found, was really going in." - John Muir
Hola, my name is Hannah. I study marine science and environmental studies here at Florida Gulf Coast! I became passionately curious about Florida as it revealed its biodiversity and potential for subtropical permaculture, which I regard as revolution, a holistic solution in cultivating sustainability in our society, and which is in great contrast to the small farm town in Illinois where I was raised. I traded the endless corn fields for coastline, the oceans unparalleled to our global health and untamable frontier I so love and respect. I crave to know how things work, which translates to my professional intentions to research disturbances in marine ecology (on a sailboat, only to return to land for cocos), and while I complete my studies- wood soldering, composting, reworking clothing, and constantly seeking a deeper understanding of my environment. The intricacies of nature I have found are to ponder, to laugh about, to play in, and I can't wait to get in the sunshine and share it all with you!
My name is Kai Sacco, and I’m a Biology major with a concentration in organismal and ecological studies and a minor in Chemistry. Born and raised in Safety Harbor, Florida, my interests include wetland ecology, mangroves, hydrology, and the role of fire dependency and suppression. I’m aspiring to earn my Master’s and PhD while engaging in field research and preservation studies. While I always told myself I’d never become a teacher, a love for educating has inclined me towards a career as a professor. For now, I’m thankful for the opportunity to educate FGCU students on the Floridian ecosystems that were integral to my personal experiences growing up. We might not all experience nature the same way, or with the same enthusiasm, but there is a connection for everyone to be made in the intricate and complex natural environment that surrounds us all.
Hi! My name is Sofia Sciancalepore. I am a sophomore Environmental Studies major with a minor in Biology. I’m interested in traveling to study the effects of human impact on diverse environments. My goal is to pursue environmental legislation and one day work for an environmental organization like the EPA. I look forward to my first environmental study abroad trip this summer to San Salvador. I also enjoy photography, Korean barbecue, and my dog!
Hi there, my name is Savanah. I’m pursuing my bachelor’s degree at Florida Gulf Coast in Environmental Studies with dual minors in Biology and Philosophy. I enjoy exploring the natural world, challenging myself in nature, and integrating environmentally conscious practices in my life every day. My favorite place in the world is the Boundary Waters, in Northern Minnesota! I intend to continue my education and pursue a career in sustainable/regenerative agriculture as this field of work is imperative to a bio-diverse and abundant future.?
"The ultimate test of man's conscience may be his willingness to sacrifice something today for future generations whose words of thanks will not be heard.” -Gaylord nelson, founder of Earth Day?