Office of the Director


The Office of the Director is responsible for managing a budget of more than $69,000,000, which supports all programs and operations of the Fish and Wildlife Research Institute (FWRI). FWRI’s director leads the science sections and oversees Institute-wide functions, such as Research Operations, which provides facilities, grant administration and human resources support.

More than 700 staff members make up FWRI. FWRI’s headquarters, located in downtown St. Petersburg, is home base to nearly half of its employees. More than 20 field stations enable other FWRI staff members to be strategically located throughout the state near the resources they study.


Gil McRae,
FWRI Director

Henry Norris,
FWRI Deputy Director

Annual Budget: $13,188,285
Staff: 50


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    Eustis Field Laboratory

    FWRI’s Eustis Freshwater Fisheries Field Lab is one of the Institute’s 28 field labs located throughout the state of Florida. Biologists at our Eustis lab utilize various methods to conduct research and provide freshwater fishery, invertebrate, and habitat data to those in federal, state, and local governments who make decisions that affect Florida’s freshwater resources.