B-CU hosted simultaneous events today starting with an all day event hosting FAMU-CCME partners for our NOAA funded grant, the Presidents Spring assembly, and the student practice presentations for the FURC conference.
The Krejci Aquatic Research Lab undergraduates did not disappoint in their top notch posters and presentation skills. Well done to these hard working scholars that impressed B-CU and FAMU faculty!
We are coming up on a deadline to get posters done for FURC in about a week. Tonight was getting our graphs on the posters and cleaning up the writing on our seahorse and zooplankton posters. It’s very serious late night science work. Absolutely no shenanigans happened.
Dr. Krejci, Dr. Juan Calderon, and Dr. Hyun Cho collaborated on a submission for FL Seagrant to develop a Swarm Robotic Ocean Monitoring System for chlorophyll a analysis of algal blooms in Florida. Fingers crossed for an accepted letter and a chance to write a full proposal!
Spent the day collecting pre restoration samples of zooplankton with Ms. Alyssa Stubbs and Chris Schlageter. I’ll be back out again with one of our new researchers to finish up the pre samples and then the next few months will be microscope work! Yay (haha).
We had an exciting day with Jonathan’s discovery of cladocerans in our samples taken from the Banana River near the Pineda Causeway back in November. These small crustaceans are known as water fleas and females will brood their babies in a pouch before they hatch. There’s no larval planktonic form and what you’re looking at are the adults. After years of studying zooplankton in the Indian River and the Halifax, I have never observed one and these particular samples have tons!
The seahorse babies turned 2 months old yesterday! Students are beginning to return to campus for Spring semester and I’m looking forward to having someone else deal with water changes and Artemia culture!!
Took undergraduate researchers Lakean and Vikash our for a manatee snorkel at Three Sisters Springs in Crystal River. One of the first things Lakean said when I asked him to join the lab last year was “It’s my dream to swim with a manatee!” Well, yesterday dreams came true and it was his birthday!