Visiting Scientists & Classes

Education (COLLEGE LEVEL):

The University of Aberdeen (Scotland) returned to the FSUCML for the third year in a row for a Marine Ecology Field Florida Course designed by our faculty and staff. Dr. Felicia Coleman, Dr. Dean Grubbs, and Dr. Chris Koenig gave lectures on marine ecology while other scientists took them into the field to visit the local habitats ranging from mud flats to seagrass beds. Dr. Tom Miller (FSU Department of Biological Science) provided a discourse and field trip on dune ecology. Dr. Catherine Ketter has been bringing her marine science students to the FSUCML from the University of Georgia, many from the football team. From, Clemson University 3 graduate students from the Department of Biology returned for a field trip to collect samples of sailfin mollies (Poecilia latpinna). Eckerd College's Dr. Bill Szelistowski and 3 of his graduate studentsvisited the lab to collect samples of bonnethead sharks for a population genetics study. Lincoln Memorial University DeBusk College of Osteopathic Medicine led by Stan Kunigelis and his graduate students conducted their 9th year of estuarine zooplankton survey in the estuaries near the marine lab.


High school students visiting this year came from North Gwinnett High School and Collins Hill High School (both in Suwannee, Georgia), Maclay School (Tallahassee, Florida), and the World Aquarium Aquatic and Marine Initiative (St. Louis, Missouri). These field trips typically include a lecture by a faculty member on a variety of topics, ranging from species found in the slat marsh to Goliath Grouper to coastal sharks. They also enjoy lab time, where they look at various species under a microscope and examine different fishes to compare their body type, camoflauge, and jaws. The groups then spend time on the pontoon boats to examine species located in the seagrass beds and along the beach.

Education (Adult/Continuing Ed): The Florida Master Naturalist Program Coastal Systems Class teaches students to encourage others to feel a greater connection to the land and sea. The FAMU/NOAA 2014 Environmental Cooperative Science Center's Center-Wide Core Competency Course held at the FSUCML this summer brings students from across the country and across academic backgrounds (B.S., M.S., J.D., Ph.D.) together to gain hands-on experience with GIS mapping, processing samples from the field, and policy making paradigms. Tallahassee Community College Green Guides Certification Program took one of their field trips to the FSUCML, where they gained experience as job seekers looking for employment in a nature-based field.

Other Visitors:

Dr. Gritta Veit-Kohler (Senchenberg, Germany) visited the lab in search of the mysterious red copepod. She and her student, Maxine Ungruhe, searched the seagrass beds near the lab for samples of the copepod, which they sent back to Germany for different analyses.

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission visit the marine lab for a number of ecosystem health monitoring initiatives, including an annual summer seagrass monitoring, Fisheries Independent Monitory of St. George Sound and Lanark Reef, and to evaluate potential site for artificial reef deployment.

Private companies working out of the lab are Pure Fishing, which tested artificial saltwater fishing baits in the grass flats near the lab, and Cardno Entrix, an environmental consulting company, which sampled water quality for the Northwest Florida Water Management District, so that they can develop and refine state water quality standards

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Last Updated: Friday, May 19, 2017 at 4:47 PM