Dr. David Fugate

David Fugate is an Associate Professor at Florida Gulf Coast University. David is collaborating with the SCCF Marine Lab on a project examining sedimentation processes in submerged aquatic vegetation (SAV). After completing his doctoral degree at the Virginia Institute of Marine Science in 2002, he continued as a postdoctoral researcher estimating residence time in a shallow coastal lagoon. Subsequently, he was awarded a postdoctoral fellowship at the Institute of Marine and Coastal Sciences at Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey. There he examined near bottom stresses and settling velocities of storm water overflow in Flushing Bay, NY, and the transport of contaminated sediment. His work also involved the development of a numerical bedload model of juvenile bivalves that incorporated data from laboratory and field experiments. His current research includes examing seasonal changes in bed shear stress due to biotic factors, and the effect of langmuir cells to vertical mixing of suspended sediment in shallow estuaries.