Kimberly's Reef

Making a Difference in the Southwest Florida Waters

Kimberly's Reef is FGCU's official research reef which is located 10 miles offshore in the Gulf of Mexico in 30 feet of water, the FGCU artificial reef brings a living laboratory to the coastal waters off Collier and Lee Counties – only a 25-minute boat ride away. The reef’s size and location lends itself to essential research and community outreach.

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Be part of something special that creates a research platform in the Gulf of Mexico, providing data to study water quality, sustainability, ecosystem and human health.

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About Kimberly's Reef

The FGCU Research Reef: Kimberly’s Reef, symbolizes the hopes, dreams, and joy that the future holds for our nation and its goal for a cleaner environment. The reef is named in honor of Kimberly Anne Rieseberg, daughter of  Eric Rieseberg who died of cancer on her fourth birthday.  As those of you who have lost your child, the loss cuts deep and forever. The loss represents the loss of hope; all of the dreams, goodness and happiness that a child would grow up to experience. This reef will be a venue for the students of FGCU, the scientific community and the Lee and Collier County communities, all who visit, to enjoy through a donation made by Eric Rieseberg and Helen Noble Rieseberg.

Kimberly's reef

Students diving at Kimberly's reef

Education at Kimberly's Reef

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Kimberly's Reef Community Impact

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Boat visiting Kimberly's Reef

Kimberly's Reef Is FGCU's Official Research Reef

Please join us in support of a great cause that will honor Kimberly and impact FGCU students

Please Note: In the designation section below, please select "Friends of Vester".

Contact Us

Vester Field Station
5164 Bonita Beach Rd SW
Bonita Springs, FL 34134

Phone: 239-745-4707


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