FGCU’s Research Roadshow

Water issues and entrepreneurial success will be the focus of three Southwest Florida shows.
The Research Roadshow is slated for 5:30 p.m. Jan. 23 in Naples, Feb. 5 in Fort Myers and March 18 in Sanibel.
The three featured presentations include:

  • “The Silence of the Frogs,” which focuses on a 20-year study of Southwest Florida’s frog population by FGCU professors and students that paints a picture about the state of the environment. An army of student and professional researchers and citizen scientists took on this study to better understand how the urbanization of Southwest Florida affects the frogs that fill our night with croaks and ribbits.
    Performers/Presenters: Dr. Win Everham and recent graduate Taylor Hancock
  • “Digging into the Past to Forecast the Future,” which looks at the work of researchers who have developed ways to track water temperature, as well as the frequency and intensity of storms that hit Florida’s shores more than 1,000 years ago, using hurricane sediment and the fossil record of microbes that lived in the mud. Besides the “wow” factor, these data when combined with other research dramatically improve scientists’ ability to understand future storms.
    Performers/Presenters: Dr. Joanne Muller, students James Javaruski and Ilexxis Morales
  • “Marriage, Music & Money,” which features a student entrepreneur and her sister who turned a love of music into a thriving wedding and special-occasion performance business that employs a dozen musicians. These sisters extraordinaire illustrate the research process of discovery and creation perfectly as they harnessed the scholarly soul of entrepreneurship to help them translate their love of music into a private enterprise

“The FGCU Research Roadshow is a one-of-a-kind event – something that no other university provides its community,” said Billy Gunnels, FGCU’s director of undergraduate research, who helped found the Research Roadshow. “At its core, the Research Roadshow shares some exceptional examples of the scholarly work that student and faculty collaborators undertake at FGCU. The community will learn about the research, but they will also discover the motivation, the passion and the joy that inspires these student and faculty teams. In addition, the Research Roadshow combines exceptional audio and video production so that the audience becomes fully immersed in the experience.”

Performers/Presenters: Dr. Sandra Kauanui, recent graduate Jade Gibson, sophomore Sapphire Gibson and members of Jade Strings.