SCCF Marine Laboratory

The Sanibel Captiva Conservation Foundation Marine Laboratory at Tarpon Bay is adjacent to the Pine Island Sound Aquatic Preserve and is located within the J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge, one of a few designated marine wilderness areas in the United States. Our research scientists have year-round access to freshwater wetlands, the Caloosahatchee River and Estuary, San Carlos Bay, Pine Island Sound, and the Gulf of Mexico to determine the influences of natural disturbances and the effects of people on estuaries and coastal ecosystems. The SCCF Marine Lab provides an outdoor laboratory for researchers, students, and the general public.

About the Lab

 About the Lab
The SCCF Marine Laboratory is a member of the National Association of Marine Laboratories (NAML and by geographic location, SAML, Southern Association of Marine Laboratories), a nonprofit organization of over 120 members, all of which provide a diverse educational and research experience. A member of the Organization of Biological Field Stations (OBFS) since 2003. And a member of the Florida Institute of Oceanography (FIO) since 2012.

Lab Research

 Lab Research
Research conducted at the laboratory is driven by critical management questions concerning water quality, estuary health, and the restoration of these resources. With our research partners, scientific investigation of the J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge complex and the status of the urbanized Caloosahatchee Estuary is the basis of environmental policy recommendations. Data collected by the Marine Laboratory is also used to better understand the current state of the waters surrounding Sanibel and Captiva and to make informed decisions regarding the future of the estuary.

Staff

 Staff
The Marine Laboratory currently has six full time staff members. The lab also has an active internship program.