Information Science and Management

Information Science and Management researchers provide the technological expertise to support the broad approach necessary to address Florida's complex fish-, wildlife-, and habitat-related issues.

Information Science and Management
Researchers in this section address complex natural resource issues by integrating ecological, cultural and socioeconomic information using statistical and spatial analysis techniques. Staff develop maps and model distribution patterns of fish and wildlife, identify lands and waters that are conservation priorities, and assess economic impacts of recreational activities. The section’s database experts, statisticians, research librarians, specimen collection managers, outreach specialists and scientific editor provide additional support to FWC scientists and managers.


Center for Biostatistics and Modeling
Researchers help to make scientific results more reliable and useful by providing statistical consulting support, developing study designs and statistical analysis plans, helping analyze scientific data and producing user-friendly software tools for statistical analysis, modeling procedures and information visualization. 

Center for Spatial Analysis
Using computer mapping and geographic data analysis methods, researchers map habitats, model animal distributions, develop mapping applications and produce digital and hard-copy maps and graphics for distribution to natural resource managers and the public.

Research Information Services
Staff coordinates the management of FWRI databases; oversees production and distribution of digital and hard-copy publications; implements statewide outreach programs presenting scientific information for public audiences; and oversees one of the largest collections of marine fish and invertebrate specimens in the southeastern U.S.

Socioeconomic Assessment
Staff conduct economic studies that provide information to support management decisions such as determining whether to purchase lands for protection, determining economic consequences of raising fees and assessing the optimal location of a future boat ramp. 


Additional Information:

FWC Facts:
The bowfin, or mudfish, is a ‘living fossil’ and is the only freshwater fish with a gular bone, a bony plate on the exterior of the lower jaw between the two jawbones.

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