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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

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Michael Parsons, Ph.D.
Phone: 239.590.7526

Bob Wasno
Facilities Manager, Vester Field Station
Phone: 239.738.6222

Instrumentation and Research Facilities



In addition to the large area under the apartment building containing raceways and larger outdoor seawater holding tanks, researchers have access to two (2) indoor, conditioned wet labs including a hatchery (@1,660 sq ft), and two dry-lab areas (@ 950 sq ft.). These labs are equipped with access to filtered or raw sea water, autoclave, fume hood, UV filtration, microscopes, photoperiod, and temperature control, dissecting scopes, and glassware. Labs, flow-through sea-water system and hatchery can be configured in many ways to accommodate diverse research projects.



Vester Field Station houses a shellfish hatchery that is capable of spawning and rearing various species of shellfish (e.g. oysters, clams and scallops). To date, the facility is used for spawning and growing oysters. The hatchery includes a temperature- and light-controlled room for larval and algal culture. The facility is equipped with microscopes, cell-culture hood, autoclave, and miscellaneous laboratory instruments to facilitate work requiring sterile or clean environments. Outdoors, researchers have access to raw and filtered water flow-through tanks, raceways, and to a protected cove where animals can be acclimated to the local environment.



A large student-assembly room is available for group workshops and meetings equipped with modern A/V equipment. Up to 35 participants can be seated comfortably in this air-conditioned area.



For visiting researchers and instructors, a fully functioning office area provides a copy/scanner/fax machine and comfortable desks in an air-conditioned room.


Conference Room

A spacious meeting room can accommodate up to 12 participants. Audio/visual equipment can be made available for presentations. Directly attached to this meeting room is a lounge/kitchenette with sink, refrigerator, microwave, and hotplates.



Overlooking the bay, 8 newly refurbished apartment-style rooms (four one-bed rooms and 4 apartments containing bunk beds for 24 people) are available for comfortable overnight or extended stays. Each apartment has air-conditioning, fully stocked kitchen, and laundry facilities. Wi-Fi is readily available throughout the field station campus.

Boat ramp to enhance access to local waters.

Vester Housing

Swimming Pool

The swimming pool and pool-deck lounge chairs offer a relaxing place to refresh and exercise.