The Marine Laboratory has built a research program on quality research from its scientists but has frequently relied on outside expertise and visiting scientists. The accomplishments of visiting scientists include remote sensing of offshore habitat types (G. Foster, B. Reigl, Nova SE University), measurement of oyster reef filtration rates (R. Grizzle, Jackson Estuarine Lab, UNH), measuring iron flux in the Caloosahatchee (J. Beckler, Mote Marine Lab), monitoring fish communities through field experiences for non-majors (R. Jester, Florida Southwestern), measuring sediment transport in seagrass-dominated areas (D. Fugate, FGCU), and through a scientific advisory board.
We invite scientists and professors with active research programs to study the waters surrounding Sanibel and Captiva Islands. By working collaboratively with the team at SCCF, we offer unique capabilities, habitats and species in a sub-tropical setting. We are fortunate to be able to provide housing for visiting scientists with students nearby at the Wilmeth Cottage. The Wilmeth cottage is available for 1-2 week visits and is located near the Marine Laboratory to foster collaboration with SCCF. Retired scientists are also encouraged to contact us if they are interested in collaborating.