Water Resources at Florida Gulf Coast University

Research in Water Resources

At FGCU we have so much research in water resources, ranging over so many topics, that I can’t begin to capture it here. Here are a couple of my own recent and current activities. For more, see the Web pages of the Coastal Watershed Initiative, Everglades Research Center, and faculty members throughout the Department of Marine and Ecological Sciences.

Recent work and publications

Flood policy

  • The American Water Resources Association (AWRA) is actively developing a policy recommendation – a policy that professionals, scholars, and experienced professionals in the field will propose as the approach we should take in the U.S. to integrating issues of flood mitigation and response into a unified whole, while also integrating with I have a humble voice in some of those deliberations, and will post updates here as they become available.
  • As a stepping-stone to the above, see our 2013 publication, Proactive Flood and Drought Management: A Selection of Applied Strategies and Lessons Learned from Around the United States. www.awra.org/AWRA_report_proactive_flood_drought_final.pdf  It contributes to a nationwide dialogue on how to improve the ways we mitigate flooding’s effects on people’s safety and property damage in the U.S. Volume II is in progress, and I will post a link when it’s ready for release.
  • And, some research assessing effectiveness of flood policy in America’s small towns, with case studies from Pennsylvania’s Susquehanna River Valley, known as one of the nation’s most frequently impacted by flood damages. SusqRiv floods poster A 7-18-13  SusqRiv 2014 floods Milton-Lburg poster 7-15

Water quality analysis and standards setting

  • Dissolved oxygen impairment for Everglades-region flowing waters: Thesis research with recent M.S. graduate Jeffrey Talbott led to this poster (award-winner at 2014 FGCU Research Day). Talbott-Duke poster EWC DO-TN A peer-reviewed manuscript is under way, hope to post it soon.
  • Beach bacteria measurement analysis with M.S. candidate Jennifer Clemente – no written product to link just yet, but watch this space when her thesis hits the books.
  • Storm water detention ponds in Southwest Florida: My colleague Prof Serge Thomas has an army of students in the field at a batch of ponds all over Lee and Collier Counties, assessing the effectiveness of our region’s protocols for capturing and improving storm water before release. See his web site for a ton of interesting work. I collaborate on some of it – M.S. candidate Drew Liddick is doing some field work and some policy analysis, and I will link here to some of his work when we create a coherent document.


Opportunities for graduate students

Research in the above fields, and more. Watch this space as I update with achievements of current graduate students and specific research topics that can accept new students.

Opportunities for undergraduate research

Senior research in Environmental Studies is a unique, and powerful, component of the Environmental Studies Program. All seniors complete an independent, supervised research project. This gives you a powerful advantage in beginning their careers, whether you continue studies in graduate school or move into a job with an agency or a private firm: having experienced first-hand the process of research, you understand how we acquire, analyze, and present information that makes a contribution to the cutting edge of knowledge.

Plenty of our students in recent years have chosen water resources projects, and I’ve mentored a couple of dozen myself. (That seems like a lot! – but – when I am ‘instructor of record’ for the course, groups of students come looking for a topic if they have not already been snatched up by other Department faculty – so I steer quite a few toward my interests).

I will post here some of the posters from undergraduate researchers I’ve supervised recently. Students in need of a topic, keep this in mind and let me know if you want to work in this area – there are many topics in southwest Florida water resources waiting to be explored.

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