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Campus Naturalists

Campus Naturalists

Campus Naturalists act as a liason to the campus community and particularly University Colloquium students.  Most importantly, naturalists act as peer interpreters, helping students connect to the campus ecosystem and the wild side of Florida - including campus trails, native and exotic wildlife, wetland and upland ecosystems, natural and cultural resources and conservation areas. 

Campus Naturalists primarily assist professors leading classes at Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary, Six Mile Cypress Slough Preserve, Lovers Key State Park, Downtown Fort Myers, and on the Campus Trails.  Naturalists may occasionally assist with other Colloquium field trips, campus trail clean-ups and other service learning events sponsored by University Colloquium.  Naturalists help their peers understand the natural environment they are visiting. 

Interested in becoming a naturalist search for position in Eagle Jobs


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Savanah Ceilley

Hi there, my name is Savanah. I’m pursuing my bachelor’s degree at Florida Gulf Coast in Environmental Studies with dual minors in Biology and Philosophy. I enjoy exploring the natural world, challenging myself in nature, and integrating environmentally conscious practices in my life every day. My favorite place in the world is the Boundary Waters, in Northern Minnesota! I intend to continue my education and pursue a career in sustainable/regenerative agriculture as this field of work is imperative to a bio-diverse and abundant future.

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Celeste Daniele

My name is Celeste! I am a Junior honors student majoring in biology with a concentration in organismal and ecological sciences. After graduation, I plan on pursuing a marine science doctorate. My biggest passion in life is traveling, so far I have been to four countries but I'd like to see all. Some fun facts about myself are: I have my own boat in Saint Pete, I'm a self-proclaimed photographer, and am a mom to two bearded dragons.

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Courtney Kern

Hi! My name is Courtney, and I received my Bachelor's in Environmental Studies and I am currently a graduate student working on my Master's in Environmental Science. I was born and raised in Florida and love the environment here! I enjoy longboarding, drawing, and studying birds. I also love reptiles and have three pet geckos! I have also worked for Audubon as Lee Anchor Steward, and am currently the newsletter editor for the Audubon Society of Southwest Florida. I have also volunteered at Shy Wolf Sanctuary and the Conservancy of Southwest Florida. I am passionate about wildlife and I enjoy sharing that with others!

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Julie Motkowicz

Hello people of FGCU, I'm Julie! I am a junior majoring in Environmental Studies with a concentration in Ecology and Environmental Assessment and a minor in Biology. I'm a Hoosier turned Floridian, who loves the swamp, ocean, and everything in between. You can catch me ’ in a cypress dome, diving in a spring, or snacking in the Food Forest. I'm all about sustainability and my favorite animal is a jellyfish. Ride a bike, eat plants, hike often, and of course, go Eagles!

"I only went out for a walk and I finally concluded to stay out till sundown, for going out, I found, was really going in." - John Muir

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Shannon Powers

Hi everyone! My name is Shannon Powers and I’m a Junior here at FGCU majoring in Marine Science with a minor in Education. I’m a Florida native, born and raised in Sarasota and have a huge appreciation for all of Florida’s diverse environments. Over the summer, you can find me working at Mote Marine Lab & Aquarium as a marine science educator for grades 3rd to 5th! I have a huge passion for informal education and would hopefully like to end up working in the education department of a zoo or aquarium. Until then, I am excited to share this passion of mine with my fellow FGCU Eagles!

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Hannah Richardson

Hola, my name is Hannah. I study marine science and environmental studies here at Florida Gulf Coast! I became passionately curious about Florida as it revealed its biodiversity and potential for subtropical permaculture, which I regard as revolution, a holistic solution in cultivating sustainability in our society, and which is in great contrast to the small farm town in Illinois where I was raised. I traded the endless corn fields for coastline, the oceans unparalleled to our global health and untamable frontier I so love and respect. I crave to know how things work, which translates to my professional intentions to research disturbances in marine ecology (on a sailboat, only to return to land for cocos), and while I complete my studies- wood soldering, composting, reworking clothing, and constantly seeking a deeper understanding of my environment. The intricacies of nature I have found are to ponder, to laugh about, to play in, and I can't wait to get in the sunshine and share it all with you!

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Sofia Sciancalepore

Hi! My name is Sofia Sciancalepore. I am a sophomore Environmental Studies major with a minor in Biology. I’m interested in traveling to study the effects of human impact on diverse environments. My goal is to pursue environmental legislation and one day work for an environmental organization like the EPA. I look forward to my first environmental study abroad trip this summer to San Salvador. I also enjoy photography, Korean barbecue, and my dog!