FGCU Vester Marine Lab Facilities


Located just off Bonita Beach Road on Little Hickory Island along Fish Trap Bay, where the Imperial River empties into Estero Bay, the Vester Field Station comprises three buildings perched on a spit of land framed by water on three sides.  Just 12 miles from the FGCU campus, the property was once a commercial fish house, then an old Florida-style resort. Today, the space holds the new Vester Marine and Environmental Science Research Field Station.


The Florida Gulf Coast University Vester Marine and Environmental Science Research Field Station is located in Bonita Springs at
5164 Bonita Beach Road, Bonita Springs, Florida 34134

Latitude/ Longitude:
26°19’50”N/ 81°50’15”W

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Mission Statement

The Florida Gulf Coast University program in Marine Sciences integrates traditional scientific disciplines by focusing them on the study of the world's oceans and coastal waters. This interdisciplinary program combines aspects of biology, chemistry, ecology, geology, meteorology, mathematics, and physics in order to provide a well-grounded education in the natural sciences, and it applies a systems approach to identifying and understanding the roles that the oceans play in the functioning of our planet.

Vester Marine