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.


René Baumstark,
Section Administrator

Annual Budget: $4,659,076
Staff: 60

Highlights on Current Research

  • FWC Reporter

    FWC created an app – the first produced by any fish and wildlife agency in the U.S. – to aid the public in interacting with the agency.

  • Hurricane Irma Displaced Vessel Response

    FWC assists in cleaning up pollution from displaced vessels from Hurricane Irma, in conjunction with the Coast Guard, DEP and EPA.

Sample of Active Projects

Conservation Planning Atlas and the Conservation Blueprint
The Florida Conservation Blueprint (Blueprint) is a spatial plan that identifies shared conservation priorities across Florida.

Enhancing Access to Florida’s Natural Resources
FWC’s GIS online services provides the public with a plethora of datasets, free to use and download.

Saving Time and Reducing Errors by Moving From Paper to Digital Data Entry Forms
A transition from paper data collection sheets to digital data collection sheets is maximizing efficiency in the field and improving data quality.