Office of the Director
The Office of the Director is responsible for managing a budget of over $115,000,000, 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.
Approximately 750 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
Leanne Flewelling, Deputy Director
FY 2022-2023 Budget: $16,503,022
The Director of FWRI leads the science sections: Marine Fisheries Research, Freshwater Fisheries Research, Wildlife Research, Ecosystem Assessment and Restoration, and Information Science and Management. The Office of the Director also oversees Institute-wide functions such as Research Operations.
The Research Operations Section supports the scientific activities of FWRI and consists of work groups including Human Resources, Administrative Services (finance), Communications, and Facilities Management. Administrative Services includes a Grants Office that provides centralized coordination and support for securing and managing revenue grant-funded resources.