FGCU Vester Marine Lab Facilities



Researchers have access to two wet-lab areas and one dry-lab area. These labs are equipped with access to filtered or raw sea water, autoclave, fume hood, UV filtration, microscopes, photoperiod, and temperature control, dissecting scopes, and glassware. Labs, flow-through sea-water system and hatchery can be configured in many ways to accommodate diverse research projects.



Vester Field Station houses a shellfish hatchery that is capable of spawning and rearing various species of shellfish (e.g. oysters, clams and scallops). To date, the facility is used for spawning and growing oysters.  The hatchery includes a temperature- and light-controlled room for larval and algal culture. The facility is equipped with microscopes, cell-culture hood, autoclave, and miscellaneous laboratory instruments to facilitate work requiring sterile or clean environments.  Outdoors, researchers have access to raw and filtered water flow-through tanks, raceways, and to a protected cove where animals can be acclimated to the local environment.


Student Assembly Room / Classroom

A large student-assembly room is available for group workshops and meetings. Up to 30 participants can be seated comfortably in this air-conditioned area. This room is outfitted with several new microscopes and dissecting scopes. This room also includes lab tables, freshwater sinks, refrigerators, and freezers.


Workroom/ Library

For visiting researchers and instructors, a fully functioning office area provides a copy/scanner/fax machine and comfortable desks in an air-conditioned room.


Conference Center

A spacious meeting room can accommodate up to 12 participants. Audio/visual equipment can be made available for presentations. Directly attached to this meeting room is a lounge/kitchenette with sink, refrigerator, microwave, and hotplates.



Overlooking the bay, 8 newly refurbished apartment-style rooms are available for comfortable overnight or extended stays. Each apartment has air-conditioning, fully stocked kitchen, and laundry facilities. Wi-Fi is readily available throughout the field station campus.

Vester Housing

Swimming Pool

The swimming pool and pool-deck lounge chairs offer a relaxing place to refresh and exercise.