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Michael Savarese

Michael SavareseProfessor of Marine Science, and Program Leader Environmental Studies MA
Phone: (239) 590-7165
E-Mail: msavares@fgcu.edu
Office: AB7 211

Michael Savarese is a Professor of Marine Science within the Coastal Watershed Institute and the Director of Graduate Studies at Florida Gulf Coast University (FGCU). He has been a faculty member there since the University's opening in the fall of 1997. He assumed the position of Graduate Studies Director in August, 2005 and is tasked with providing vision and oversight to the University’s growing graduate education mission. Prior to arriving at FGCU, he was a faculty member within the Department of Geological Sciences at Indiana University, Bloomington. He received in Ph.D. in Geology in 1989 at the University of California, Davis; an M.S. in Geology in 1984 from the University of Rochester; and a B.S. in Biology and Geology in 1981 also from the University of Rochester. His research interests span the field of geobiology, combining disciplines from biology and geology to interpret the history of environmental change. His current research programs include the effects of sea-level rise on coastal environmental evolution, the history and paleoecology of reef development, and the effects of environmental change on oyster reef ecology. Michael is very active servicing Southwest Florida’s environmental needs. Over the years he has served on the Board of the Watershed Council, he has been an active member of the Big Cypress Restoration Coordination and the SW FL Regional Restoration Coordination Teams, the SW FL Feasibility Study Team, and the South Golden Gate Estates Restoration Project Delivery Team.

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