Campus Naturalists act as a liason to the campus community and particularly University Colloquium students. Most importantly, naturalists act as peer interpreters, helping students connect to the campus ecosystem and the wild side of Florida - including campus trails, native and exotic wildlife, wetland and upland ecosystems, natural and cultural resources and conservation areas.
Campus Naturalists primarily assist professors leading classes at Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary, Six Mile Cypress Slough Preserve, Lovers Key State Park, Downtown Fort Myers, and on the Campus Trails. Naturalists may occasionally assist with other Colloquium field trips, campus trail clean-ups and other service learning events sponsored by University Colloquium. Naturalists help their peers understand the natural environment they are visiting.
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Rory "Cush" Cushen
Hi! My name is Rory Cushen but I go by Cush. I am an Environmental Studies major with minors in Creative Writing and Climate Change Science, class of 2023. I enjoy nature, my dogs, laughing, and long walks on the beach. I'm joking I'm terrified of the ocean; a Bahamas cruise is my worst nightmare. While i don't know specifically what I want to do after college with the environment, I just want to ensure that the people that come after me have the same opportunity to love nature as much as I do. I always hope to make my trips educational, engaging, and entertaining, because then it doesn't feel like work. Hope to see you out there!
Hi guys! My name is Savannah Putroneand I am an Environmental Studies major with a concentration in Environmental Education and a minor in Climate Change. One time while traveling, a guide approached me and asked, "you're from Florida, so are you a swamp person or a beach person?" The answer is a die hard swamp person. I recently started an internship with Big Cypress National Preserve and have begun fulfilling my dream of becoming a park ranger at a NPS unit. I am constantly outside whether it be hiking with my dog, foraging, canoeing, etc. I cannot wait to hopefully instill a sense of appreciation and love for all of natural beauties that Florida has to offer
Hi all! My name is Grant Steinke and I am a Junior here at FGCU. I am a Marine Science major and Environmental Education minor. I was born and raised in Florida and I've always had a love for animals and for nature, probably because I watched a lot of Steve Irwin shows on TV as a kid. I've always wanted to go to the Galapogos Islands, and hopefully after graduation I'll be able to visit and dive around the islands since I'm scuba certified. I like fishing, but I do a much les common way, bowfishing. I typically bowfish for invasive species like plecostomus and tilapia so that our Florida natives can have better ecosystems. I look forward to seeing you all on a field trip soon!
Hi Everyone! My name is Christina, and I am majoring in Environmental Studies with a concentration in ecology and a double minor in geology and climate change. After graduating, Ihope to move northwest and work in conservation or with a national park. My dream is to visit all 63 national parks in the United States. I have been to Yellowstone, Grand Canyon, and Petrified Forest National Parks, and cannot wait to experience more of these beutiful places. I love spending time hiking and being outside, which is something we will frequently do as naturalists!