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Vester Marine & Environmental Science Research Field Station

Vester Marine & Environmental Science Research Field Station

Vester Marine & Environmental Science Research Field Station
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The Florida Gulf Coast University
Vester Marine and Environmental Science Research Field Station

5164 Bonita Beach Road
Bonita Springs, Florida 34134

Latitude/ Longitude:
26°19’50”N/81°50’15”W

Michael Parsons, Ph.D.
Phone: 239.590.7526
Email: mparsons@fgcu.edu


Bob Wasno
Facilities Manager, Vester Field Station
Phone: 239.738.6222
Email: rwasno@fgcu.edu

About Vester Field Station

 
 

Located just off Bonita Beach Road on Little Hickory Island along Fish Trap Bay, where the Imperial River empties into Estero Bay, the Vester Field Station comprises three buildings perched on a spit of land framed by water on three sides. Just 12 miles from the FGCU campus, the property was once a commercial fish house, then an old Florida-style resort. Today, the space holds the new Vester Marine and Environmental Science Research Field Station.

Please see below various youtube videos regarding field reseach and discussion panels about the ecological marine impact in the Fort Myers area:

  • FGCU graduate student Katie McFarland discusses her research on the invasive exotic species Asian Green Mussels (Perna viridis). Research @ FGCU: Asian Green Mussels http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZpyH7Lgz30s
  • FGCU Professor of Marine Science and Director of the Coastal Watershed Institute Michael Parsons leads his class in two research projects in the Bonita Beach area: Collection of lift nets and Beach profiling. Lift nets were deployed at three oyster reef sites for one month to study the organisms that live in oyster reef environments. Students will identify the organisms and compare the different sites using species richness, diversity, and similarity indices. For Beach profiling, the students measured beach elevation at three sites on Bonita Beach from the coastal sand dune to the swash zone. These data will be compared with similar profiles collected over the past three years to observe how the beach face has changed over time. Marine Ecosystems Monitoring and Research Methods http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gsV9OALctsQ
  • FGCU associate professor of marine science Darren Rumbold leads a team of researchers as they catch sharks, satellite tag them, and take tissue biopsies and fin clips. Rumbold's ongoing study, which he is conducting in partnership with with University of Miami researchers, measures the amount of mercury in shark tissue to better understand the levels of toxicity throughout the marine food chain. He's also attempting to identify areas where larger concentrations of mercury enter the water - and by extension, the food web - in an effort to potentially control the flow of mercury and more effectively manage Southwest Florida's coastal ecosystems. Shark Tagging & Mercury Testing http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wYK-n0gGPNo
  • Former FGCU professor of marine sciences Aswani Volety (now Dean of Arts & Sciences at UNC Wilmington) leads a team of two hundred men, women and children in building the foundation for a massive oyster reef in Estero Bay. Within a year, this reef will host thousands of oysters. Each adult oyster is capable of filtering and cleaning thirty to sixty gallons of water in twenty-four hours. Twenty-five reefs have been established during this seven-year oyster reef restoration project. Oyster Reef Restoration http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oumYwQlO1fA
  • FGCU Provost and Professor of Marine Science Ronald Toll, Associate Professor of Marine Science Darren Rumbold, Professor of Marine Science Aswani Volety, and Associate Professor of Marine Science and Co-Director of the Coastal Watershed Institute Mike Parsons join host Kevin Pierce to discuss The Health of Our Estuaries. FGCU Perspectives - The Health of Our Estuaries http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4lLEgcjHyQ4
  • FGCU Professor of Chemistry Jose Barretto, Associate Professor of Marine Science Darren Rumbold, and Professor of Environmental Studies Win Everham join host Kevin Pierce to discuss the impacts of the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. FGCU Perspectives - Oil Spill Impacts http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tjT9FthA1i8