Florida State University

Visiting Scientists & Classes

Education (K-12):

  • Logan Austring, a 5th grader from Riversink Elementary in Crawfordville, FL visited the lab to interview Dr. Chip Cotton (FSUCML Research Faculty) for a school project promoting STEM Education.
  • Sophia Reynolds, a 6th grader from Fairview Middle School IB Prep in Tallahassee, FL visited the lab for “Take Our Daughters to Work Day,” where she measured water quality and examined deep sea coral samples.
  • A group of students from the special education program at Chiles High School in Tallahassee, FL got an up-close look at some of the organisms and environments they studied in their Oceanography unit.
  • Marine biology students from the Maclay School in Tallahassee, FL visited the lab for a presentation on marine coastal ecology given by Dr. Heidi Geisz (FSUCML Adjunct Faculty) followed by a boat tour and otter trawl.
  • Wakulla High School marine biology students visited the lab for a day, where they went on a marsh walk conducted by Dr. Heidi Geisz (FSUCML Adjunct Faculty).
  • Oceanography teacher, Ken Leach, has been bringing his students from North Gwinnett High School in Suwanee, GAto FSUCML for 15 years for hands-on field experience. Read more about their unforgettable experiences from this year's trip.

Education (University & College):

  • Ohio Northern University brought students from their marine biology courses to FSUCML for hands-on field experience. They examined local flora and fauna and learned about vital ecosystems near the lab.
  • Creighton University in Omaha, NE stayed with us for a week to conduct field work, as part of their summer course, “Coastal and Estuarine Ecology.”
  • Biology students from Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College in Tifton, GA took a tour of the lab conducted by Dr. Chip Cotton (FSUCML Research Faculty).
  • Undergraduate students from the University of Aberdeen in Aberdeen, Scotland visited the lab for their biology field course.
  • The North Florida Chapter of the Fulbright Association brought their visiting international students from FSU and UF to the lab, where they enjoyed a lecture by Dr. Chris Koenig (FSUCML Research Faculty) followed by a boat ride and trawl.

Visiting Researchers:

  • Tom Manning, Valdosta State University, and his student, Tess Baker, visited the lab several times this year to work on an oyster aquaculture project. They are testing wild oyster growth on modified concrete blocks specially made with added nutrients to attract and support large colonies of oysters. Additionally, Dr. Manning has been using the FSUCML facilities to research bacteria for Alzheimer’s research.
  • Stan Kunigelis, director of the Math and Sciences Imaging Center at Lincoln Memorial University in Harrogate, TN and his team continue to visit the lab in order to collect specimens for their estuarine zooplankton survey. Learn more about Dr. Kunigelis' research.
  • Princeton University graduate student, Darcy McRose, conducted field research at our lab on iron-carrying molecules known as siderophores. Sponsored by a grant from Princeton Educational Institute, this research has implications for human health, waterborne infections, and water quality.
Princeton Univ. grad student, Darcy McRose incubates sea water for siderophore research.

Visiting Groups:

  • The Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission visits FSUCML for a number of ecosystem health monitoring initiatives, including seagrass monitoring and an upcoming oyster restoration project.
  • COMPASS held a workshop at our lab on how to effectively communicate scientific research and impact policy decisions.
  • Bike Florida, a non-profit cycling group, stopped by for a tour of the lab on their “Forgotten Coast Tour.”
  • Members of Weather STEM, Ocean First Education, and educators from Mayport Coastal Science Middle School spent an afternoon at the lab for a tour.
  • Oasis Center for Women and Girls located in Tallahassee, FL visited the lab for their “Science Rocks! Day Camp,” where they enjoyed a marsh walk and 2 talks about “Women in Science” from FSUCML Director, Dr. Felicia Coleman and FSUCML Adjunct Faculty, Dr. Heidi Geisz.

Other Visitors:

  • FSU President John Thrasher, First Lady Jean Thrasher, VP for Research Gary Ostrander and his wife, Frances Ostrander visited our lab to take a tour of the facilities, meet faculty and staff, and go on a scenic boat ride aboard our flagship research vessel, the R/V Apalachee. Also in attendance were members of our Board of Trustees: Chairman, Jim Muller of Muller & Associates, Ed Mansouri of UCompass, and attorney Tommy Warren. Read more about their special visit.
FSUCML Director, Dr. Felicia Coleman gives tour of lab facilities.

Would you like to plan a stay at the FSUCML? Learn more about how to bring your group to the FSUCML here.