The University of West Florida received legislative authorization and special funding to create the Center for Environmental Diagnostics and Bioremediation (CEDB) in 1990. The CEDB is staffed by faculty with backgrounds in microbial genetics, microbial biogeochemistry and bioremediation, protozoology, marine biology, ecology, and environmental chemistry. Faculty interests are reflected by major research programs in bioremediation, environmental health, DNA chemistry, and ecological surveys.
CEDB areas of expertise and interest:
- Geochemistry and systems ecology
- Estuarine ecology
- Microbial Biofilms
- Molecular diagnosis for environmental contamination
- Plant community analysis (upland and wetlands)
- Ultraviolet radiation effects on bacterial populations
- Bioremediation of hydrocarbon and halogenated hydrocarbon pollutants
- Food web research
- Diagnostics for environmental health
- Biological surveys
- Analytical Chemistry - organics, nutrients, metals
- Environmental bacteriological testing.