SERC Department

The Field Operations Center (FOC) is responsible for maintaining and scheduling SERC's fleet of eleven vehicles, five airboats and twelve saltwater boats. In addition, the FOC maintains an inventory of field and safety equipment such as: spotlights, personal floatation device (PFD), whistles, fire extinguishers, flares, first aid kits, blankets, VHS radios, GPS units, flashlights, signal horns - a safety kit and accompanying tool kit appropriate for that boat is required when the boat is checked out.


A Float Plan is MANDATORY for all field crews using either airboats or marine boats, and they must be filed at least 24hrs in advance.  The float plan template is available at https://intranet.fiu.edu/research/Pages/Float-Plan.aspx


Contact Information

  • Headquarters and vehicle reservation
  • Rafael Gonzalez Collazo, Manager
  • ECS 184 A
  • Tel. 305-348-4240
  • Cel. 786-493-3255
  • E-mail: foc@fiu.edu
  • Field equipment reservation
  • Sergio Giglio
  • ECS 184
  • Tel. 305-348-6030
  • Cel. 786-499-1180