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 everyone! My name is Idalis and I'm a senior majoring in Biology with a concentration in Organismal Biology & Ecology, and I'm minoring in Interdisciplinary Studies. After graduation, I want to go into wildlife conservation. In my spare time, I volunteer at Shy Wolf Sanctuary in Naples and the FGCU Food Forest. I love being in nature and learning about animals. Some of my hobbies include hiking, swimming, creative writing, journaling, and spending time with animals. My favorite animals are frogs, snakes, and sea turtles. I'm excited to be able to share my passion for nature & wildlife with my peers and introduce them to SWFL's beautiful ecosystems.
Hi everyone! My name is Santana, and I'm a senior majoring in Environmental Studies. I was born and raised on the east coast of Florida, in a town called Melbourne. My interests include sea turtle rehabilitation, national parks, and environmental policy. I have a passion for traveling and plan to take a cross-country road trip when I graduate. The Florida springs are my favorite place to explore and snorkel. With my position as a naturalist, I hope to inspire other FGCU students to appreciate our surrounding natural beauty and take of our environment. I hope to see you all on the campus field trips!
Hi! My name is Lexi, and I am the Senior Naturalist for Colloquium. I am dual majoring Marine Science and Environmental Studies with a minor in Biology. In the future I hope to attend graduate school and pursue a career conducting research on local water quality issues. In my free time I love to scuba dive, go to the beach, and explore some of the amazing natural areas we have here in Florida. Environmental education is so important, and I can't wait to teach all of you about sustainability and the environment of Southwest Florida.
Hi y'all! I am Sheyanne. I'm currently a senior studying Marine Science and getting a minor in Geology. I used to work at an aquarium in Tampa and that is where I fell in love with the ocean and educating others about the environment. My hobbies include paddle boarding, painting, and reading. My scientific interests are water-quality and deep-sea brine pools. My goal is to be an education coordinator at an aquarium or conservancy and share my knowledge and passion with the public. I hope to see you on the trails! Wings up!
Hi everyone, my name is Kaylee! I am a junior honors student majoring in Environmental Studies with a double minor in climate change and geology. I love going to the beach, hiking on the many preserves that Florida has to offer and kayaking in the springs closer to my home in Tampa. My interests include mangrove research, ecology, and habitat restoration. After graduating I plan on furthering my education and working towards a master's degree in Environmental Science. Being a Campus Naturalist gives me the wonderful opportunity to spread awareness and educate others on the natural world and all of it's beauty. I can't wait to see you all on our field trips!
Hi guys! My name is Savannah Pultrone and 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 or 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 the natural beauties that Florida has to offer.
My name is Tiffany, and I am an environmental studies major with a concentration in environmental education. After graduation, I hope to move somewhere with mountains, and will ideally work with the National Parks or a wildlife sanctuary! I have a huge love for traveling and plan to do plenty more of it in the future. In my free time I volunteer at a barn called Special Equestrians, love hanging out with my beagle, and enjoy doing any outdoor activities that allow me to be in nature. Being a campus naturalist, I can't wait to share my passion for nature and a sustainable lifestyle with my peers as well as introduce them to the great ecosystems SWFL has to offer.