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Michael Parsons, PhD

Director, VFS/Professor
Dept Marine & Earth Science
Office: Seidler Hall SH - 433
Phone: 239-590-7526

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PhD in Biological Oceanography, Louisiana State University.

Research and Teaching Interests

Ciguatera fish poisoning, harmful algal blooms, coral reef ecology, and phytoplankton ecology, including the recently-funded “Greater Caribbean Center for Ciguatera Research” funded through the Centers for Oceans and Human Health Program by the National Science Foundation and National Institutes of Health.

Courses Offered

Parsons uses his research program to mentor undergraduate and graduate students in aspects of coastal ecosystem health. He also teaches several courses in marine ecology and data collection and analysis.