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Coastal Watershed Institute
Florida Gulf Coast University
10501 FGCU Blvd S.
Fort Myers, FL 33965-6565

Phone: 239-590-7526

E-mail:
Mike Parsons

 

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Loren Coen

Graduate Faculty Member, FGCU and College of Charleston
E-Mail: lcoen@fgcu.edu
Office: Off Campus

Phone: (239) 470-2236

E-Mail: lorencoen@gmail.com

http://spinner.cofc.edu/marine/directory/individuals/ecology/coen.html

Dr. Loren Coen holds Courtesy and Graduate Faculty Appointments in FGCU’s Marine and Ecological Sciences Department and is a member of the Coastal Watershed Institute. He received his doctorate from the University of Maryland, College Park working in Belize on macroalgae, corals and decapod crustacean grazers. Over the past 30 years he has worked extensively with invertebrates (especially decapod crustaceans and bivalve molluscs) and plants (seagrasses, mangroves, saltmarshes and macroalgae), as well as with coral reefs. His research has taken him to Central and South America, including Bermuda, Brazil, Mexico, Honduras and the U.S. Virgin Islands, as well as China. Previously he worked at the Dauphin Island Sea Lab (DISL) and University of South Alabama where he worked with seagrasses along the northeastern Gulf of Mexico. He has been involved with graduate programs at the University of South Alabama, the College of Charleston, and the University of South Carolina and currently holds appoints also at these institutions. Dr. Coen has served on numerous graduate committees, as both major professor and graduate committee member and has taught graduate and undergraduate courses in marine ecology, marine biology, non-native species, marine botany and biological oceanography. Prior to arriving in Ft. Myers, he was a Senior Marine Scientist, managing the Shellfish Research Section in SCDNR’s Marine Resources Research Institute in Charleston, SC, located at Ft. Johnson’s Marine Science Center (NOAA, NIST, MUSC, DNR, College of Charleston) housing over 300 scientists and support staff. In SC his research focused on: (1) ecology and restoration of intertidal oyster reef habitats and their ecological value as estuarine habitats; (2) interactions between oysters and fringing salt marshes and related erosion; (3) the effects of bivalve mariculture on tidal creek benthic communities; (4) biology of non-native species; (5) remote sensing and related mapping of intertidal habitats; and (6) disease dynamics of shellfish populations. In SC Coen developed and led a state-wide Community-Based oyster restoration program called ‘SCORE’ (SC Community-Based Oyster Restoration and Enhancement Program).

He has received national awards including a Coastal America Partnership Award, the Theodore M. Sperry Award from the Society for Ecological Restoration (SER) and in 2007, a NOAA Restoration Center Excellence in Restoration award. He has organized two Benthic Ecology Meetings, has served on the Program Committee for nearly all of the biennial International Shellfish Restoration Conferences (ICSR), and served on the Executive Board of the National Shellfisheries Association. He is currently working with The Nature Conservancy on a worldwide marine initiative entitled 'Shellfish@Risk' and a valuation of their ecosystem services, focusing with NOAA and TNC on goals, metrics and success criteria for oyster reef restoration. He manages the oyster restoration working group effort (see http://www.oyster-restoration.org)

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