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

March Fish of the Month: Bay Anchovy Anchoa mitchelli

March Fish of the Month: Bay Anchovy Anchoa mitchelli Dr. Geoffrey Smith NWFSC Biology Instructor   Spring has arrived in Florida and for many fish species, the corresponding increase in temperature leads to greater overall activity, which requires more food to be consumed. But what do all those hungry fish eat? The answer for a…

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