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Savarese, Michael (PhD)

Department of Marine & Earth Sciences
Phone: 239-590-7165

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Ph.D. in Geology, University of California, Davis
M.S. in Geology, University of Rochester
B.S. in Biology and Geology, University of Rochester. 

Research and Teaching Interests

Mike’s teaching and research interests concern the history of environmental change in coastal settings, particularly in response to human development, climate change, and sea-level rise. His research has helped foster environmental management and restoration efforts in Southwest Florida and assisted archaeologists understand the environmental context of Calusa Native American cultural evolution.
In fall, 2017 he began a large, 3-year NOAA-funded effort with University of Florida helping managers and planners in Collier County, Southwest Florida contend with the projected effects of sea-level rise. Finally, Mike has extended his research and educational activities to the Commonwealth of the Bahamas, where he is investigating similar phenomena and aiding the Bahamian government in their long-range planning.

Courses Offered

  • Introduction to Earth Science: ESC1000C
  • Coastal & Watershed Geology: GLY4700C / OCG6053
  • Geobiology: GLY3603C
  • Conservation Paleobiology: GLY5661C
  • Modern & Ancient Carbonate Depositional Environments: Field Course in San Salvador, Bahamas: GLY4952 / GLY6566