Office of the Director


The Office of the Director is responsible for managing a budget of almost $70,000,000, 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 management, finance, communications 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 25 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: 13,935,734
Staff: 61

Field Lab Spotlight

  • Tequesta Field Lab

    The story of the Fish and Wildlife Research Institute’s (FWRI) Tequesta Field Lab begins with a glass of complimentary orange juice.