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Whitaker Center

Whitaker Center

Michael Savarese

Professor, Department of Marine and Ecological Sciences
Phone: (239) 590-7165
Office: Seidler - 211

My background spans the disciplines of biology (zoology, ecology, and evolution) and geology (paleontology, sedimentology, and stratigraphy).  I’ve applied these interests to problems concerning the history of environmental change, a pursuit geoscientists refer to as geobiology.  I’m particularly interested in how climate change and sea-level rise have affected the coastal ecosystems and the morphology and evolution of estuaries.  The response of estuarine geomorphology and ecology in the recent, and not so recent, past provides the data to predict how these systems are likely to behave in the future.
Our Geobiology Group within the Department of Marine and Ecological Sciences is strong, collegial, and interactive, and we welcome the participation of students and faculty.

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Photograph Title: Bahamas Field Course
Caption: “Force-feeding” a student microbial slime from a stromatolite-bearing hypersaline lake on San Salvador Island, Bahamas.  Summer field course entitled: Modern and Ancient Carbonate Depositional Environments.  Student Jorge Agobian, center; student Jennifer Nelson, left; and Michael Savarese, right.