Research currently conducted by laboratory scientists includes: (1) restoration and functioning of marine, estuarine and near freshwater habitats, (2) understanding the effects of human activities including regulated freshwater discharges on these habitats, (3) analyses of nearshore water quality, and (4) managing the ecological condition of barrier island lakes and the Sanibel River Slough. All research conducted at the lab is enhanced by the River, Estuary, and Coastal Observing Network (RECON), an instrument array composed of eight near real-time sensors deployed at locations throughout the Caloosahatchee Estuary and Pine Island Sound.

Research conducted at the laboratory is driven by critical management questions concerning water quality, estuary health, and the restoration of natural 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 and fact-based advocacy. 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.

Research Projects

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Current Projects

Completed Projects

Below is a subselection of some of the labs many completed research  projects.


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