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

Phone: 239-590-7526

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Graduate Students


Graduate Theses (Masters Environmental Science)


Christina Christina Panko. In vitro and in vivo evaluations of quinine hydrochloride as a potential anti-protozoal for the eastern oyster parasite Perkinsus marinus. 2006
Currently: Water Quality Technician, Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve, Naples, FL


Laura Walls. Physiological responses to salinity stress in the flatback mud crab, Eurypanopeus depressus. 2006
Currently: Environmental Specialist, AEI Consultants, Chicago, IL
Sarah Davis Sarah Davis. Environmental education integration across the fifth grade science curriculum of Lee county public schools. 2007
Currently: Instructor, University Colloquium, FGCU
  LInsin  Sasha Linsin. The development of estuarine systems in Southwest Florida: a perspective from the Late Holocene history of oyster reef development. 2007
Currently: Instructor, Marine and Ecological Sciences, FGCU

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Julie Van Horn. Acute response of the estuarine crab Eurypanopeus depressus to salinity and desiccation stress. 2007
Currently: Laboratory Manager, College of Arts and Sciences, FGCU
Amanda Booth Amanda Booth. Analysis of oyster shells: a possible technique to interpret the history of coastal environmental change. 2009
Currently: Hydrologic Technician, U.S. Geological Survey, Fort Myers, FL
Brian Hoye Brian Hoye. The Holocene distribution of reef-building organisms and their control on coastal geomorphology within Everglades National Park. 2009
Currently: Assistant Geologist, Burns and McDonnell, Kansas City, MO
Holly Holly Abeels. Trophic transfer and habitat use of oyster Crassostrea virginica reefs in Southwest Florida identified using stable isotope analysis. 2010 
Currently: Florida Sea Grant Extension Agent, Brevard County, FL
Jorge Jorge Agobian.   The impact of water management practices in the Caloosahatchee River: mollusk assemblages as indicators of environmental change. 2010
Currently: Science Teacher, Golden Gate High School, Naples, FL

Bethany Bachelor. The influence of freshwater inflow on the distribution, abundance, and recruitment of oyster reef commensal decapods in a Southwest Florida estuary. 2010
Currently: Ecologist, Passarella & Associates, Fort Myers, FL

Evans James Evans. Influence of freshwater inflow on the spatial and temporal distribution of ichthyoplankton and gelatinous zooplankton in Estero Bay, Florida. 2011
Currently: Environmental Biologist, City of Sanibel, FL
Megan Megan Andresen. Identification of an estuarine turbidity maximum and sedimentation gradient: implications for oyster reef monitoring, restoration, and management in the Caloosahatchee Estuary, Southwest Florida. 2011
Dykes Erin Rasnake. Relationships between water quality heavy metals and pesticides on health and physiology of oyster (Crassostrea virginica) in Estero Bay Estuary, Hendry Creek, Florida. 2011
Currently: Environmental Supervisor, Department of Environmental Protection, Punta Gorda, FL
Staugler Elizabeth Staugler. Post hurricane recovery of mangrove systems in the Charlotte Harbor estuary: implications for restoration. 2011
Currently: Florida Sea Grant Extension Agent, Charlotte County, FL


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Brooke Denkert. Influence of variable freshwater inflow on zooplankton distribution and abundance in the Caloosahatchee River and Estuary (Aylesworth Scholar)

Nelson Jennifer Nelson. Influence of freshwater inflow on the distribution, abundance, and community structure of decapod zooplankton in Estero Bay, Florida
Currently: Environmental Manager, Department of Environmental Protection, Punta Gorda, FL
Bob Bob Wasno. Investigation of a trophic transfer from oyster reefs to predatory fish in Southwest Florida
Currently: Coordinator, Marine Research and Outreach, FGCU Vester Marine and Environmental Science Research Field Station, Bonita Springs, FL