Congratulations to graduate students in the FSU Department of Biological Science, Bob Ellis and Cheston Peterson, for receiving awards for their research.
News Around the Lab
Leaving behind the grey skies and rain of Scotland for, well, so far, the grey skies and rain of Florida, Dr. Tara Marshall and Dr. Lindsay McPherson of the University of Aberdeen just arrived with twelve undergraduates in tow to learn about Florida ecosystems at the FSU Coastal & Marine Laboratory.
This spring, biologists with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission's (FWC) Fish and Wildlife Research Institute need YOUR help to identify horseshoe crab spawning beaches throughout the state.
In October of 2010, the FSU Coastal & Marine Laboratory (FSUCML) welcomed a new visiting researcher, Cristina Lima Martinez from Vigo-Galicia, Spain. Cristina recently graduated from the University of Santiago de Compostela (USC) with a degree in Biology. She then won a highly competitive award (5% success rate) from the Spanish Ministry of Education that allowed her to come to the United States and enhance her research experience in marine systems.
Dr. Dean Grubbs, faculty member of the FSU Coastal & Marine Laboratory, is a collaborator on a new research program aimed at investigating the diversity and abundance of deep ocean sharks living in The Bahamas.
Marine Biology Certificate Student Christopher Matechik will be presenting his summer and ongoing research at the 2010 Undergraduate Research and Creative Activity Awards (URCCA) Symposium, to be held Thursday evening, September 30, at the FSU Turnbull Conference Center. The symposium celebrates outstanding undergraduate research and awards students the funding to conduct a research project or creative activity under the direction of a faculty mentor. Chris is an Honors in Biology student currently working on his thesis under the direction of Dr. Felicia Coleman and Dr. Christopher Stallings, of the FSU Coastal & Marine Laboratory. He has worked in the Stallings lab since August 2009. After graduating, he hopes to pursue a graduate degree in ecology.
The GulfPhoto Workshop: Enabling the Study of the Gulf of Mexico's Primary Producers will focus on the creation and integration of digital content for Gulf of Mexico's photosynthetic primary producers (algae and plants). It is co-sponsored by the Southeast Regional Network of Expertise and Collections (a NSF Research Coordination Network), the FSU Coastal and Marine Laboratory, the FSU Robert K. Godfrey Herbarium, the FSU Department of Biological Science, and Morphbank. The workshop will be held on Friday, October 8 at FSU's main campus in Tallahassee and on Saturday, October 9 at the FSU Coastal & Marine Laboratory.
The study, Impact of crude oil on coastal and ocean environments of the West Florida Shelf and Big Bend Region from the shoreline to the continental Shelf Edge, represents an integrated, rapid-response study of the impact of oil on coastal and ocean marine ecosystems of the northeastern Gulf of Mexico, including the northern West Florida Shelf from the Big Bend Region west to Louisiana, that can be completed in its entirety within 5 months.
Dr. Peter Auster, the eighth Mote Eminent Scholar in Fisheries Ecology at Florida State University, arrives on 20 August for the fall semester. He will be teaching a course in Ecosystem-Based Management and Conservation on campus and conducting research on shallow-water reefs off the marine lab while he is in residence. Dr. Auster is a Research Professor of Marine Sciences with a joint appointment in the Department of Natural Resources and the Environment at the University of Connecticut. He also serves as the Science Director of the Northeast Underwater Research Technology & Education Center (formerly the National Undersea Research Center for the North Atlantic & Great Lakes). He received his master's degree in biological oceanography from the University of Connecticut (1985) and a Ph.D. in zoology from the National University of Ireland Galway (2000).
Dr. Felicia Coleman, Director of the FSUCML, was recently appointed to the Marine Protected Areas Federal Advisory Committee by the Department of Commerce, in consultation with the Department of the Interior. She is one of 11 new members appointed to the 30-member committee. The charge of the committee is to advise the Departments of Commerce and the Interior on the development and implementation of a national system of marine protected areas (MPAs). Coleman was instrumental in developing two marine protected areas in the Gulf of Mexico during her tenure on the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council, the Madison Swanson Marine Reserve and the Steamboat Lumps Marine Reserve.