Next Seminar 2/12- Seagrass Restoration

We are very honored to have Dr. Robert Virnstein coming to speak next week at Bethune-Cookman University about Seagrass Restoration. Dr. Virnstein is one of the leading experts on seagrasses in the Indian River Lagoon after working and researching them for 40 years. Dr. Virnstein served on the Ph.D. committee of Dr. Krejci back in 2012, advising her on all things seagrass and agreeing in the end that she earned her Ph.D.!

4- Seagrass

Special Delivery!

In preparation for Alyssa’s research on seahorse feeding preferences in wild vs captive seahorses, we received a delivery of seahorses from the Keys today! Everyone is doing well. One male gave birth to four babies in transit and 5 males are very, very pregnant! The received their first meal of B-CU cultured copepods and gobbled them up (see last video)!

Feeding trials are set to begin next week. Stay tuned for updates!

Alyssa carefully carrying seahorses from FedEx
Getting ready to see our new additions!
Ahhh! They’re beautiful, pregnant and also giving birth 😂😀
Cluster of new Dwarf Seahorses, Hippocampus zosterae
Very pregnant male! We love his white saddle mark across the pouch. Very unique!
We’re going to have a lot of babies this week 😱

Seminar Series- Mitigation Banking

Mr. Reid Hilliard, Mitigation Bank Technical Program Coordinator from St. John’s River Water Management District, was at B-CU for a lecture today. It was a great opportunity for students to see the management decisions behind wetland impacts from development. He did a great job of fielding our questions and providing information for internship opportunities for our students.

FAS Abstracts submitted!

Krejci Aquatic Research Lab representing strong at FAS with NINE abstract submissions!!

6 posters

3 oral presentations

5 student authors, 2 posters for Dr. Krejci and faculty, and 1 faculty oral presentation

Topics:

Seahorse feeding selectivity (babies & wild vs aquaculture)

Pipefish feeding selectivity based on sea grass density

Syngnathid distribution pattens in the IRL

Water quality parameters in the Halifax

Zooplankton density in dragline ditches

Impacts of Open educational resources on academic success

Success of visual literacy interventions

Socioscientific argumentation interventions using argument driven inquiry

Let’s do this team!!! Next year how about an even 10 submission??

Look at those Tisbe!

Ja’Kaila sent a quick video of our Tisbe biminensis cultures at B-CU. The original stock came from Algagen. These copepods are used for our pipefish and seahorse feeding studies and require substantial effort from our students in maintaining live algal cultures and monitoring the copepods for water quality and density. Ja’Kaila and Alyssa’s efforts are paying off! Check out all those eggs 😍

Great speaker tonight!

Our guest lecture for our environmental restoration seminar was Sarah Hamlyn from Mote Marine Laboratory speaking about coral propagation and restoration. After a long day transporting corals across Florida and diving to put them in their future homes, she took the time to share her work with the faculty and students at B-CU. It was a great talk and summary of their restoration efforts ending with information on internship and research opportunities for undergraduates at Mote!

Guest lecture- New Smyrna Beach Garden Club

Dr. Krejci was invited back to lecture on the topic of “air resources” to the ladies of the New Smyrna Beach Garden Club.

The lecture consisted of the basic properties, function and layers of the atmosphere, a short summary of the natural and anthropogenic pollutants to the atmosphere, the US Clean Air Act and a summary of climate change causes and deviations from natural rhythms. It was a jammed pack hour of information!

Dr. Krejci will head back in April for lectures on Ecology and Aquatic Organisms for their final courses of the year.

Special thanks the Jehmia Williams for attending the lecture and capturing footage!

Very proud of these women for dedicating their time and energy to learn about the environment and taking the steps for change.

New lesson in research notebook entries

Dr. Krejci is teaching a new course in the Bethune-Cookman Natural Sciences curriculum, Research Methods, a 200 level course geared to teaching students about the research process, scientific writing and different equipment researchers use in the lab and field.

Inspired by this online essay we are trying out a new lab exercise today to teach the students about the importance of taking effective notes at the time of their experiment.

The basic plan, developed in collaboration with Dr. Adeljean Ho and Dr. Michael Reiter, is to split the class into two groups. One group will create a notebook entry describing and drawing the beautiful pond near the Business Building on campus from memory. Meanwhile the other group will go to the pond and make their entry on site. The class will reconvene and compare their entries. Next they will be given some additional guidelines and handouts on notebook entries, reflect on their original entries strengths and weakness, then go back to the pond to create a well crafted entry.

We’re very excited to see how this activity goes today! Dr. Krejci would be happy to post the lab handout and results if you’re interested.

Have you tried a similar approach in your classes? Feel free to share your stories of similar labs!