Little video of lab today

Saturday in the lab writing proposals and feeding fish! Our afternoon feed was some home grown harpacticoid (Tisbe) copepods for the seahorses and adult artemia for the pipefish

Celebrating Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune

Today is Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune’s birthday. It’s an honor to be contributing to her legacy at the great Bethune-Cookman Univeristy! Here is a video discussing her beginnings and some of her many accomplishments for supporting Black Americans.

Drilling tanks ✅

Today was a hot and wet day drilling the tanks for two different studies: ocean acidification impacts on seahorse ossification and temperature impacts on seahorse gene expression (a collaboration with Dr. Michelle Gaither at UCF).

All the tanks were drilled without cracking 😅 and are ready for bulkheads and plumbing tomorrow. Updates will continue 😃


The Krejci Aquatic Research Laboratory contributed to “CHAPTER 2: PHYSICAL
SETTING OF THE HALIFAX RIVER AND ITS WATERSHED” of the book which was inspired by recent B-CU Biology Graduate, Jehmia Williams senior thesis work. Jehmia attended a summer internship at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute in Massachusetts and came back wanting to study water quality in the local Halifax River.

Screen grab book cover

Dr. Krejci identified a large water quality data set from St Johns Water Management District available for analysis and roped in Dr. Juan Calderon, B-CU Assistant Professor in Computer Science, and Danithza “Danny” Rojas-Torres, M.S. Microbiology from Universidad Nacional de Colombia for help. Dr. Calderon and Danny wrote a program in Python to clean the data set for analysis.

The team is finishing their manuscript for publication, but we’re excited to contribute to the first book of its kind on sustainability issues related to the Halifax River. Congratulations to Jehmia on her first publication! Check out the full book here.


Welcome to the lab Jennifer!

This summer the Aquatic Research Lab is excited to welcome Integrated Environmental Science Masters student, Jennifer Spain, to the lab!

IES Masters student, Jennifer Spain, at her field research site at Cape Canaveral National Seashore

Jennifer is currently the director of the Aquaculture, Environmental, and Marine Science Academy, at Atlantic High School in Volusia County Florida. She partnered with the Marine Discovery Center and was awarded funding to test the effectiveness of oyster bag alternatives at improving oyster recruitment, biodiversity and shoreline stabilization. We are excited to have her at the lab and are looking forward to sharing her progress with you!

Black Lives Matter

My heart breaks that systematic racism prevents my students and colleagues from being seen by all for the amazing, brilliant people they are. I send love, compassion, prayers and my support to your aching, tired hearts as we mourn, process and protest injustice

Research being highlighted at STEM for All Video Showcase

Dr. Hector Neftali Torres, Dr. Isokpehi, and Dr. Krejci have been teaming up developing a socioscientific argumentation intervention for use in the Introduction to Environmental Science course at Bethune-Cookman University. The intervention has been very successful, as seen in the video, and is transferable to pretty much any topic and course! We are participating in the STEM for all video showcase happening now until May 12th, which is a online virtual conference sharing educational tools for students and instructors at all levels!

Check out our awesome 3 min video summary and vote for us! We want to win!!