Located just south of Fort Myers and north of Naples on the Southwest Florida coast, Florida Gulf Coast University encompasses 800 acres on which academic buildings, residence halls and athletics facilities share space with wetlands, pinewoods and boardwalks in a natural setting. FGCU serves 16,000 students and offers more than 95 undergraduate and graduate degree programs. It emphasizes a university-wide commitment to sustainability and service learning, with students having completed more than 4 million hours of service since the university opened in 1997. With six colleges, FGCU is committed to serving Southwest Florida with academic programs designed to meet the workforce demands of the five-county region. Growing interdisciplinary programs include The Water School and the Daveler & Kauanui School of Entrepreneurship.
Expert in water policy and politics
Noah Valenstein is the former chief resiliency officer and head of the Department of Environmental Protection for the State of Florida.
Environmental Policy and Politics Water Policy Environmental Policy Everglades Agricultural Policy Environmental Policy and Law State Government Coral Reef Conservation
Expert in policing in America
David Thomas is a veteran police officer specializing in mental health, police and minority relations, active shooters and mass casualties.
Psychology of School Shooters Law Enforcement Mental Health Policing in America Police Psychology Use of Force by Police Police Operations Police Decision Making Law Enforcement Training Psychology of Mass Casualty Incidents
Expert in criminal, constitutional, aviation and international law
Pamella Seay specializes in international law and the courts.
Aviation Law Courts Criminal Justice Criminal Law International Law Law
Expert in concrete and steel structures
Ashraf Badir's research focuses on structural engineering as well as engineering education.
Engineering Education Structural Analysis Steel Structures Concrete Structures Bridges Design of Structures
Expert in political science and justice
Sandra Pavelka is an expert in elections, law and public policy, and juvenile and restorative justice.
Campaigns Elections Public Policy Restorative Justice Voting Political Science U.S. Politics Florida Politics Juvenile Justice Criminal Justice
Expert in coastal water health
Michael Parsons studies the causes of harmful algal blooms and how their toxins can impact marine and human lives.
Phytoplankton Ecology Coral Reef Ecology Ciguatera Outbreaks Coastal Water Health Plankton Ecosystems Harmful Algal Blooms
Expert in hurricanes and climate change
Joanne Muller is an expert in the impact of climate change in tropical and sub-tropical areas.
Women in STEM Weather Climate Change Paleoclimatology Hurricanes Sea Level Rise
Expert in forensic studies and human rights
Heather Walsh-Haney teaches forensic science and regularly assists law enforcement finding and studying remains in Florida
Ground-penetrating radar Trauma Analysis Witness Testimony Child Abuse Forensics Human Rights Crime Scene Recovery Forensic Anthropology and Human Evolution Anthropology and Bioarchaeology Domestic Violence Decomposition Ecology and Forensics Mass Fatalities Crime Scene Analysis Human Remains
Expert in astrophysics, spaceflight and optics
Derek Buzasi's research involves almost anything to do with stars or the sun.
Stars Asteroseismology Nonlinear Dynamics Satellites and Spaceflight Exoplanets Astrophysics Stellar Astronomy Optics Space
Expert in forensic science and biochemistry
Sulekha Coticone specializes in chemistry of seized drugs and DNA biochemistry from trace evidence.
Biochemistry Seized Drugs DNA Analysis Forensic Science DNA Crime Scene DNA Chemical Education