Last month, FSUCML’s Dr. Jeroen Ingels attended part of the 28th International Seabed Authority (ISA) Council Meeting. At a side event organized by Nauru Ocean Resources Inc., he presented a summary of the work he, Meiolab members, and colleagues at the Federal University of Pernambuco (Recife, Brazil) have been conducting together since 2020.
News at FSUCML
In 2003, smalltooth sawfish (Pristis pectinata) had the unenviable distinction of being the first native marine fish listed under the Endangered Species Act. The classification followed decades of declining populations due to habitat loss, overharvesting and mortality as fisheries bycatch. Now, 20 years later, a 13-foot adult female captured off the coast of Cedar Key, FL suggests the species may be making a slow but spirited comeback.
As the spring semester ends, one of our FSUCML students will be walking across the stage at graduation! Sean McCollum successfully defended his Master’s thesis, “Exploring the drivers of seagrass meadow organic carbon burial and storage using meta-analytic and laboratory approaches.”
On April 6th, FSU held an undergraduate research symposium, where our excellent Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program (UROP) students featured and presented research from across the Marine Lab. They each showed a poster on the work they’ve been conducting this past year with faculty and graduate students. Congrats to everyone on a great job!
Current graduate student Aaron Ridall, FSU Dept of Biology undergraduate Emily Farrar, former FSU Dept of Biology undergraduate Morgan Dansby, and FSUCML faculty member Dr. Jeroen Ingels, recently published their work on the influence of wastewater treatment plants and water input sources on size, shape, and polymer distributions of microplastics in St. Andrew Bay, Florida, USA.
FSU alumna Nika Blank (MSc. 2021, adv. Dr. Brooke) recently published a paper on spatial variation in hard bottom coral communities of the coastal West Florida Shelf.
One of the FSUCML’s own is graduating this month! Dr. Josh Manning successfully defended his dissertation, “Investigating the foraging, social, and spatial ecology of Caribbean parrotfishes” thus completing his doctoral journey at FSU.
[ST. TERESA, FL] – The Florida State University Coastal and Marine Laboratory and St. James Bay Golf Club successfully kicked off the inaugural Play for the Bay Benefit Golf Tournament on Friday, October 7th. Twenty sponsors and eighteen teams helped raise over $15K for FSUCML graduate students.
Spring has sprung and now summer is halfway gone! The FSUCML is proud to recognize our three spring and summer graduates – Dr. Ethan Cissell and Master’s students Blake Hamilton and Anthony Sogluizzo. These three students have become forever ingrained in the FSUCML and we all wish them nothing but the best as they move on to their next chapters. Just be sure to come back and visit!