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

Webinar Coming Soon

On Thursday, June 25 at 1 p.m. (CST) join MKEI for a webinar on Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis in Central America presented by Marina De León, M.S., Ph.D. candidate, Microbiology & Molecular Genetics at University of California, Davis. Marina E. De León is a doctoral researcher in Jonathan A. Eisen’s lab at the University of California, Davis. Her primary…

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Tools of the Trade

You need the right tools for every job. The MKEI team has to use a variety of tools during our work, some of which are as simple as a slightly modified trash can, and others are more complex, using sonar waves to map structure. Some of the tools that we construct ourselves are simple-yet-specialized. For…

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