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Awards and Distinctions

  • The latest program addition is a unique “floating classroom.” — The Coast Guard-certified pontoon research vessel is equipped with on-board lab stations and can accommodate classes of up to 28 students. The “floating classroom” gets students out of the building and onto the St. Johns River to observe and study river life up-close.
  • The Marine Science Research Institute holds the prestigious title of “Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design” by the United States Green Building Council.
  • In September of 2011, Jacksonville University students helped rescue four manatees from marsh along the St. John’s River three miles from campus and released them back into their habitat with Dr. Quinton White, Executive Director of the Marine Science Research Institute. He presides over ongoing manatee research and conservation programs at the school.
  • Each year, one of the largest fishing tournaments in the world, the AT&T Greater Jacksonville Kingfish Tournament, generates millions of dollars in economic impact to the area. During the event, JU students collect data of length, weight, girth, and age of donated fish for genetic analysis alongside the National Marine Fisheries Service and other scientists.
  • JU students and staff participate in the St. Simons Island Sharkin' Club, whose members catch and release sharks for research purposes.  Sharks are tagged for ongoing studies by the National Marine Fisheries Service.
  • Due to research grants received by Dr. Dan McCarthy, students have the opportunity to participate in a semi-monthly monitoring program of nearshore reefs along Florida's Southeast Coast.
  • Students work with Dr. Lee Ann Clements on a variety of independent and/or ongoing projects involving research on brittlestars.
  • The Marine Mammal Stranding Network, a volunteer organization within the Student Oceanic Society Club at Jacksonville University, familiarizes students with carcass recovery, transport and necropsy with Marine Mammal Biologists at the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.