Cetacean Logic Foundation, Inc. (CLF) is a 501(c) (3) non-profit organization that conducts coastal research. CLF research projects are focused on the relationships between hydrology, salinity, and water quality and the coastal ecosystems that call these waters home. The spatial domain of CLF research includes coastal freshwater and brackish marshes, estuaries, tidal creeks, and near-shore marine waters. CLF projects have included hydrology, salinity, and water quality characterizations of coastal systems, statistical analysis of existing data, system modeling using various techniques, model evaluation and output interpretation, paleosalinity analyses, and assistance to ecological modelers in the use and interpretation of coastal models and model output.
CLF was founded in New Smyrna Beach, Florida in 1993 by Frank Marshall. Dr. Marshall collaborates with other coastal researchers on research projects that are primarily funded through grants or other contractual arrangements with governmental organizations such as Everglades National Park, US Army Corps of Engineers, U. S. Geological Survey, Florida International University, University of Central Florida, and the St Johns River Water Management District.
What are the strengths of your organization? The strength of CLF is in the simplicity of the organization and the objective. CLF is uses a simple business model with no staff and all activities accomplished with contract employees. Because of this simplicity, the focus of time on projects can be concentrated when and where needed, without the requirement of corporate activities that are part of the mission of larger entities. This approach works well when there are problems because changes to tasks due to varying data or field conditions can be easily incorporated without canceling a task. The President and Principal Researcher (Dr. Frank E. Marshall III) is an accomplished engineer (PE 33181 in Florida), scientist, and businessman. He brings broad experience to the Everglades restoration effort as can be seen by the successful collaborative efforts over the past years on south Florida projects. Additionally, Dr. Marshall has always resided, worked, and studied in the coastal zone (see CV), and has 30 years of hands-on data collection, data analysis, empirical (statistical and mass balance) modeling, and science-based engineering experience working in estuarine systems.
What is your particular niche, market, mission? The purpose of Cetacean Logic Foundation, Inc. (founded in 1993) as stated in the Articles of Incorporation is environmental research with a coastal focus. Though the spotlight throughout the world recently has been on coastal research, protection, and education the focus of CLF and Dr. Marshall has always been on the link between the upland watershed and the estuaries and coastal shelf.