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Savarese Named New Director of Graduate Studies at FGCU

FORT MYERS, FL - Florida Gulf Coast University announces the recent appointment of Michael Savarese of Naples as director of Graduate Studies, a new position at FGCU.

"As director of Graduate Studies, Dr. Savarese not only brings exceptional experience in graduate education, but also a unique blend of vision, creativity, and energy that is vital to ensuring FGCU maintains its momentum in offering an array of rigorous graduate programs that meet the academic and professional needs of our constituents," provost and vice president for Academic Affairs Bonnie L. Yegidis said.

"I am confident that Dr. Savarese will exceed our expectations for excellence in graduate education and welcome him in his new role."

Savarese is a professor in the College of Arts and Sciences and was director of the marine science program, in addition to being a research scientist with the Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve and a board member of the Bailey-Matthews Shell Museum.

At FGCU, Savarese has been chairman of the graduate faculty and the graduate curriculum team in the College of Arts and Sciences, and coordinator of the graduate program in environmental sciences. Savarese began at FGCU in fall 1997 as an associate professor and director of the earth systems science program.

Savarese has been a vice chairman and board member at the Southwest Florida Watershed Council, co-chair of the Southwest Florida Regional Restoration Coordination Team, Southeastern section chairman for the Paleontological Society, and coordinator of the Big Cypress Basin-Estero Bay Restoration Coordination Team.

Prior to his work in Southwest Florida, Savarese was assistant professor of geobiology in the Department of Geological Sciences at Indiana University in Bloomington.

Savarese earned a Ph.D. in geology from the University of California-Davis in 1989, and a Master of Science in geology and a Bachelor of Science in biology and geology from the University of Rochester in 1984 and 1981, respectively.

His topical interests are in invertebrate paleobiology, paleoecology, marine biology, functional morphology and biomechanics, reef and estuarine ecology, evolution, historical geology, sedimentology, and stratigraphy.

For more information, contact Savarese at (239) 590-7165 or

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