News at FSUCML

The R/V APALACHEE Arrives at the Lab

On Friday evening, January 25, 2013, at 5 PM EST the R/V APALACHEE rounded Dog Island and sailed into the channel here at the FSUCML lab. Staff members and scientists waited anxiously for her to dock and jumped onboard to have a look around. This vessel exceeded our expectations, thanks to the dedication of Geo Shipyard, Inc. A special thanks, as well, to Dejong and Lebet Marine Architect, who worked with FSU scientists and colleagues at the National Marine Fisheries Service to help us design the vessel we all wanted.

A Tribute to Dr. Bill Herrnkind

You are invited to a special tribute to honor Dr. Bill Herrnkind "aka" Doc on Wednesday, Nov. 7 at the Challenger Learning Center in Tallahassee. Doc will receive the Tallahassee Scientific Society 2012 Gold Medal. Doors will open at 6 for a one-hour free reception featuring heavy hors d'oeurves and a cash bar. Presentation of the Gold Medal will be at 7 p.m. in the IMAX Theater. Then Doc will talk on his career in science: "Marching Lobsters and Climbing Snails: How Provocative Phenomena Generate Inquiry in Science and the Classroom." Please invite friends, colleagues and students. Membership in Tallahassee Science Society (TSS) is NOT necessary. Non-members can consider joining at the event. You can see more details at the Tallahassee Scientific Society website. There should be plenty of parking at the Kleman Parking Plaza.

Whatever Floats Your Boat A Huge Success!

Our First Annual Whatever Floats Your Boat Regatta was a bigger success then we could have imagined. We had a grand total of seven boats enter the race and approximately 75 people in attendance. The weather was perfect and the boats all fared surprisingly well (with only one threatening to sink!). The event went so well that we plan to hold another one next year. Everyone was extremely creative with their design and use of materials, so we're excited to see what people come up with next year! In the meantime we're gearing up for our Biennial Open House in April so get ready for another fun-packed FSUCML-hosted event!

FSUCML Deep-C Fisheries Ecology Team Blogs from the Deep Sea

The Deep-C Fisheries Ecology Team (Dr. Dean Grubbs, Dr. Chris Koenig, and Dr. Felicia Coleman) are offshore conducting research from the shelf-edge to the deep sea onboard the Florida Institute of Oceanography's research vessel, the RV WEATHERBIRD II. In between the all day and all night longline and trap sets, the cataloging of specimens, and everything else that goes along with a vigorous field program, they are taking turns writing a blog that appears on the Deep-C website and will continue on their trip from 8-17 October 2012. Check back often to find out what's going on.

Florida Department of Health Releases 2012 Fish Consumption Advisory

The Florida Department of Health (DOH) recently released the latest food advisory for fish caught in Florida’s freshwater rivers, lakes, and streams; estuarine waters, and marine waters. Pregnant or nursing mothers should be particularly careful about which fish and how much they consume. Pay close attention to the amounts of fish that can be consumed over a given period of time (there is an additive effect) and to those fish that should be avoided altogether.

Dr. William Herrnkind recently honored with Gold Medal Award for 2012

The Tallahassee Scientific Society recently honored our very own Dr. William F. Herrnkind, Professor Emeritus, FSU Department of Biological Science, with the Society's Gold Medal Award for 2012. The award recognizes Dr. Herrnkind for his outstanding career contributions to science as well as the public service and educational outreach. Dr. Herrnkind now joins the ranks of Dr. Harry Kroto (FSU Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry; Nobel Prize in Chemistry 1996), Dr. Bruce Means (President, Coastal Plains Institute and Land Conservancy), Dr. Jim C. Smith (FSU Department of Psychology), and Dr. Alan Marshall (FSU Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, Director of the National High Magnetic Field Laboratory ICR Program) to name a few who have received this award. Congratulations, Doc. Well deserved.

Grad-Student Matt Kolmann wins Sigma Xi Award

Congratulations to graduate student Matt Kolmann (advisor Dr. R. Dean Grubbs) for receiving a research grant from Sigma Xi. Matt, a native Floridian, has broad research interests in life history, anatomy, and evolution of basal fishes, especially sharks and rays. His award from Sigma Xi will help fund his investigation of the material and structural nature of the skeleton in stingray. Sigma Xi, founded in 1886, is an international, multidisciplinary research society whose programs and activities promote the health of the scientific enterprise and honor scientific achievement.

FSUCML New Research Vessel

The FSUCML is pleased to announce that Geo Shipyard, Inc. (New Iberia, LA) won the bid to build our new 63-ft research vessel. Marine architects Dejong and Lebet, Inc. (Jacksonville, FL) developed the preliminary design for this aluminum hull catamaran with input from faculty across the FSU campus, the National Marine Fisheries Service, and the University-National Oceanographic Laboratory System (UNOLS).