History & Research Strategy



Coen, L.D., and E.C. Milbrandt. 2011. A brief history of the Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation (SCCF)’s Marine Laboratory, Sanibel, Florida: not to be confused with Doc Ford’s Sanibel Biological Supply Company. Gulf of Mexico Science 28:200–213.

An overview of the history of the Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation, its departments, the development of the Marine Laboratory and RECON network, as well as the organization’s scientific, conservation, and land acquisition work across Sanibel, Captiva, and Lee County, Florida. 


Bortone, S.A. 2006. Recommendations on establishing a research strategy in the Gulf of Mexico to assess the effects of hurricanes on coastal ecosystems. Estuaries and Coasts 29:1062–1066.

Scientists along the Gulf of Mexico and southeastern United States inevitably are asked to investigate the environmental effects of such extreme natural events as hurricanes. Since the usual post-event sampling strategy is often based upon the application of a pre-event study design that was not originally intended to evaluate disturbance effects, a hurricane evaluation strategy is needed that establishes sampling coverage through a broad network. Coupling this evaluation strategy with the refinement of serval estuarine indicators to assess environmental change will facilitate the evaluation of hurricane effects. Establishing the sampling network and concomitant protocols requires cooperation among scientists and agencies. Fortunately, the number and location of existing laboratories and investigations into establishing estuarine indicators is at hand. Developing a sampling network and protocols will better enable scientists to evaluate the effects of short-term, focused, and intense environmental disruptions.


Books, Reports, & Symposia


Milbrandt, E.C., R.D. Bartleson, L. Coen, and A. Rybak. 2012. Comprehensive planning for a sustainable Marine Research Laboratory and Educational Center on Sanibel Island, Florida. Final Report to the National Science Foundation. 36 pp.


Milbrandt, E.C., R.D. Bartleson, A.J. Martignette, J.J. Siwicke, and M. Thompson (invited). 2012. Building and maintaining an autonomous observing network in Southwest Florida. Organization of Biological Field Stations, Archbold Field Station, Venus, FL.


Milbrandt, E.C., M. Thompson, L. Coen, and S. Lartz. 2011. Restoration of critical marine habitats in coastal Lee County, FL. NOAA Restoration Center, OMB Approval No. 0648-0472. Community-based Restoration Program (CRP).

Milbrandt, E.C., L.D. Coen, R. Bartleson, A. Rybak, and S. Lartz. 2010. Restoration of critical habitats in SW Florida. Restore America’s Estuaries, Galveston, TX.

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