Welcome to the Lester Lab
The Lester Lab has an interdisciplinary research program addressing questions related to coastal and marine natural resource management, marine conservation science, ecosystem sustainability, and marine biogeography. We engage in collaborative projects with academic and non-academic researchers, NGOs, government entities, and stakeholders around the world.
Lab News: NSF Idea Machine Competition
The joint research group, the Rasster Lab (Rassweiler - Lester) is currently in Round 2 of the NSF 2026 Idea Machine competition to identify the most pressing research questions of the next decade. NSF received over 800 submissions, and we are 1 of the 33 selected for Round 2. Our Big Idea focuses on “Designing Ecosystems for the Future.”
As part of Round 2, we submitted a video pitch to NSF - public comments will help NSF decide which entries advance to the next stage. Please visit here to watch the video and provide public comment. You can also view the video below:
Prospective Graduate Students:
If you are interested in joining the lab as a graduate student, please read up on the FSU Geography graduate program to see if it sounds like a good match for your interests. Then send Sarah an email with a short description of your research interests and attach your CV. We look for intellectually curious and creative students with a passion for interdisciplinary research to better understand and solve challenges facing ocean ecosystems. Our lab culture is built around respect, collaboration, and having fun while you're working hard.
Sarah E. Lester, PhD
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org ~ Office: 303 Bellamy Building ~ Sarah's Department Webpage