Greg Tolley is Professor of Marine Science and Executive Director of The Water School at Florida Gulf Coast University. He earned his doctoral degree in Marine Science at the University of South Florida where he taught as a member of the graduate faculty until joining FGCU in 1997. He is the author of publications on marine ecology, the influence of freshwater inflow to estuaries, and on novel approaches in science education. He has mentored undergraduate and graduate students and has taught courses in oceanography, estuarine ecology, biogeography, and fish biology. Tolley has worked for over two decades in Southwest Florida to build capacity and focus university research on coastal environments and the conservation of aquatic resources. He is a Certified Fisheries Professional with the American Fisheries Society and is past Director of the Florida District of the American Institute of Fisheries Research Biologists. He has held several leadership positions at FGCU, including Chair of the Department of Marine and Ecological Sciences, Director of Graduate Studies, and Director of the Coastal Watershed Institute. He currently serves on the boards of directors of the Florida Foundation for Responsible Angling and Friends of Rookery Bay, and is a past board member of the Sanibel Captiva Conservation Foundation, Bailey Matthews Shell Museum, and Calusa Nature Center and Planetarium.