Coastal Ecosystems: Barefoot Beach State Preserve
We will meet at the Barefoot Beach State Preserve South Parking lot at 9am for this field trip- http://www.colliergov.net/your-government/divisions-f-r/parks-and-recreation/beaches-and-boats/barefoot-beach-preserve-county-park#preserve . This field trip will include a walk through mangroves, coastal strand, dune and beach communities. Be sure to bring water, sunscreen and comfortable shoes. Feel free to bring binoculars, cameras and/or field guides. If you would like to bring a lunch, feel free to do so.
- Saturday, February 25
- 9 am – 12 pm, meet at Barefoot Beach State Preserve South Parking Lot (503 Barefoot Beach Blvd, North Naples, FL 34134, last parking lot #3)
- $15 Members / $20 Non-Members (limit 30 participants)
Brian Bovard is Assistant Professor of Wetland Ecology in the Department of Marine and Ecological Sciences’ Environmental Studies Program. He received a B.A. in Biology from West Virginia University and a Ph.D. in Plant Physiological Ecology from Duke University. Before moving to Florida, he worked as a post-doctoral scientist at several institutions including The Ecosystem Center at the Marine Biological Laboratory in Woods Hole (MA), The Ohio State University, the University of Michigan, and Indiana University. Prior to coming to FGCU, he was a Lecturer of Environmental Studies at Florida International University. His research has focused on the responses of forest ecosystems to predicted changes in atmospheric CO2 and climate, and the role forest ecosystems play in both carbon storage and hydrologic processes. Brian is also working on projects related to the use of native species in green roof design at Naples Botanical Garden.