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.!
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.
Krejci Aquatic Research Lab representing strong at FAS with NINE abstract submissions!!
3 oral presentations
5 student authors, 2 posters for Dr. Krejci and faculty, and 1 faculty oral presentation
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??
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 😍
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!
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.
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!
We are pleased to be organizing an Environmental Restoration Seminar series this semester at Bethune-Cookman Univeristy! You can find updates on our upcoming lectures here: Seminar Series
It was another great workshop with students and faculty from Union Univeristy in TN who travel to Florida for a coastal ecosystems class. Their first stop was to Bethune-Cookman Univeristy to learn about local water quality issues and zooplankton sampling.
We headed out into the field for collections and spent time in the lab exploring the diversity in the Halifax River Lagoon.
It’s such a pleasure to share our local knowledge and lab space with colleagues around the country. If you’re taking a field ecology course down to Florida, consider reaching out to us for a workshop!