provided to The Santiva Chronicle
Research by Florida Gulf Coast University on the potential link between coastal nutrients and red tide blooms was funded by a Shell Club grant in 2019. Samples were taken during June and July. This year another grant request was made by FGCU Assistant Professor Puspa Adhikari, PhD to continue the project but by revisiting the sampling sites during the winter months to determine if there is a seasonal variation in the nutrient dynamics in Southwest Florida. The Shell Club Board recently approved this year’s grant request in the amount of $2,000 for the additional sampling.
The Sanibel-Captiva Shell Club awards grants from the proceeds of their annual Shell Show. Grants are given towards education and research in the fields of conchology and malacology, as well as for conservation and water quality projects, primarily in Southwest Florida. There will be a Virtual Shell Show in March 2021 due to the coronavirus pandemic. For more information about the Virtual Show or to join the club, please visit the Shell Club website.