Community Impact

 Collaboration is critical to success 

Protecting the future of water resources is a shared, interconnected responsibility

The Water School exemplifies FGCU's tradition of service-learning and civic engagement while building on two decades of proven academic excellence in water-related research and initiatives and in business, health, engineering and outreach expertise. Another key facet: partnership and cooperation across disciplines within the university and beyond campus. We’re committed to maintaining and growing affiliations.

Our regional partners include:

  • Conservancy of Southwest Florida
  • Naples Botanical Garden
  • Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve
  • Sanibel Captiva Conservation Foundation Marine Lab
  • Estero Bay Aquatic Preserve
  • South Florida Water Management District
  • Florida Department of Environmental Protection
  • Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission

Photo of researchers on boat

Photo of heron in sawgrass

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Competitive, extramural funding secured by our award-winning faculty


Refereed presentations made by faculty at conferences


Public audiences reached through invited presentations 



Scientific publications produced by faculty


Peer-review editorial boards our staff serves


Local advisory boards/councils we serve