Anne Rudloe Education Center

About Anne Rudloe

Rudloe was born Anne Eidemiller, December 24, 1947, in Troy, Ohio, and grew up in Hampton, Virginia. In 1971, she married writer and naturalist Jack Rudloe. She earned a BSc (Biology) at Mary Washington College in 1969. She received an MSc in Oceanography from Florida State University in 1972 for Significant associations of the motile epibenthos of the turtle-grass beds of St. Joseph Bay, Florida. She received a PhD in Marine Biology in 1978 working with William F. Hernkind at Florida State University for Some ecologically significant aspects of the behavior of the horseshoe crab Limulus polyphemus.  She trained at the United States Naval base in Panama City in underwater research and diving techniques in the "Scientists in the Sea" program and was the first woman to complete the program. She was an FSU adjunct professor of biological science. In 1980 she founded the Panacea Institute of Marine Science in Panacea, Florida. In 1990, she co-founded the Gulf Specimen Marine Laboratory, as a non-profit teaching laboratory of which she was the managing director. Rudloe also studied Zen Buddhism and received INGA (Dharma transmission) to teach as a JDPSN (Jido Pope Sanim) in the Kwan Um School of Zen. She then became the Abbot at the Cypress Tree Zen Center in Tallahassee, Florida. She was a frequent guest contributor for National Public Radio for both her conservation efforts and Zen Buddhism.

Our Site Plans

The Anne Rudloe Memorial Education Center will be completed by the end of 2021.

The new facility will feature a diverse array of classes, from scientists presenting their findings on marine life, and keeping the sea healthy, to offering cooking lessons on how to steam shrimp, make a coquina chowders, and eat delicious local seaweeds. We will call upon local fishing families to talk about their history and changing way of life. Courses offered on aquaculture, water quality, and aquarium maintenance will help young people get jobs and boost the local economy.

We are proud of the fact that many young people have been able to get good paying jobs because they worked at Gulf Specimen. Finding alternative for coastal residents to make a living from computer skills, auto-mechanics or fixing air conditioners is not our mission. Ours is to keep people on the water, preserve our rich cultural heritage, keep fishermen fishing, protect the environment and restore our depleted fisheries, so that once again we can enjoy wild oysters, as well as farmed ones.

Support Us

Our Donors

Thanks to a grant from Nancy and Gene Phipps and the Tallahassee Phipps Foundation we acquired six lots immediately adjacent to our facility, which will double the size of our footprint and give us room to grow for years to come. This is something that we’ve wanted for over forty years. The Phipps family helped found and support Gulf Specimen when it was most fragile in the early 1960s, for which we are forever grateful.
As part of the Hurricane Michael recovery program Volunteer Florida awarded Gulf Specimen a $485,000 grant to build a 2,000 square foot classroom and parking lot on the new property. This will enable us to expand our existing programs like bringing Joel Sartore of National Geographic, world famous author of “PhotoArk” and the late Jim Fowler, star of Wild Kingdom which drew record crowds to our “Sharks and Chablis” fundraisers. Currently, we need to raise an additional $40, 000 to make up the rest of construction costs. All contributions will be directly used to build and equip the classrooms as well as install a new parking lot that will accommodate more visitors and school buses.

Get To Know Anne Rudloe

Research and Publications

Anne’s Personal Blog:

Of Birds and the Rainbow

Books by Anne and Jack

Zen Buddhism

Wetland Battles