Our Work

How we make a difference. 


We gather and analyze data to develop adaptable solution to environmental challenges.

Current research projects include:

  • Investigation of water chemistry over time and space in Northwest Florida Coastal Dune Lakes
  • Evaluation of plant communities within and among Northwest Florida Coastal Dune Lakes
  • Survey of fish community in Western and Grayton Lakes
  • Assessment of algae communities in Northwest Florida Coastal Dune Lakes
  • Impact of oyster reefs on invertebrates in the Choctawhatchee Bay
  • Preliminary examination of long-term water chemistry changes in the Choctawhatchee Bay


We engage learners of all ages building confidence to make informed decisions

Selected teaching and learning opportunities include:

  • Taking Introduction to Environmental Sciences at NWFSC
  • Completing internship or work study program with MKEI
  • Florida Aquatic Ecosystems (elementary children) through NWFSC Kids on Campus Program

Community Outreach

We build sustainable action through explorative environmental experiences.

Selected outreach experiences include:

  • Annual Family Estuary Festival
  • Annual Symposium
  • Annual amateur photo contest
  • Seminar and workshop series

October Fish of the Month: Red Drum Sciaenops occelatus

October Fish of the Month: Red Drum Sciaenops occelatus Dr. Geoffrey Smith NWFSC Biology Instructor A fish whose coloration and life history match the start of the fall season. Red Drum, more commonly referred to as Redfish by most (or Channel Bass if you’re from a bit farther north on the Atlantic coast) are a…

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We build capacity to inspire global, environmental agents of change.