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       Dr. Jeremy Stalker's difter that sits below the water line and is pushed        by the ocean currents instead of the wind. It measures the speed and        direction of the current it is in. There is a small GPS unit attached to            the top that pings the position to sattilites twice a day.













Dr. Dan McCarthy, coral reef ecologist, represented JU as an expert panelist for the "Chasing Coral," part of the Movies That Matter series from US Green Building Counci of Northeast Florida and Beaches Go Green.

Dr. Andy Ouellette presented "Redefining 'You': Tales from the World of Microbes,"  with Science on Tap Jax and discussion about the coronavirus: "A Jacksonville University microbiology expert says you don’t need to worry about the coronavirus." In addition, he recently spoke at the 8th Timucuan Science and History Symposium, with his presentation entitled "Seasonal Dynamics and Characterization of Vibrio Bacteria in the Timucuan Preserve," co-authored by former marine science graduate student Shelby O'Brien and biology undergraduate Janel Palomo.

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2018 – 2019

Check out Dr. Andy Ouellette's interview on WJCT: "Concerns about flesh-eating bacteria."

Biology major Jarvis Strickland was awarded best undergraduate research presentation for his work "Surveillance of Maryland white-tailed deer for vector-borne parasites” presented at the Southeastern Society of Parasitology conference!

Biology majors Elizabeth Florida, supervisor of JU's community garden, and Francis Alip, President of JUMPS presented at JU's first Student Health Fair, sponsored by JUMPS!

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Dr. Kara Conway's latest publications 'Antigen discovery and specification of immunodominance hierarchies for MHCII-restricted epitopes' and 'The Crohn's disease polymorphism, ATG16L1 T300A, alters the gut microbiota and enhances the local Th1/Th17 response.'

Check out microbiologist Dr. Bill Penwell's new publication 'Isolation and characterization of the acinetobactin and baumannoferrin siderophores produced by Acinetobacter baumannii'.

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Marine Science Research Institute's John Heine describes the use of rebreathers for SCUBA diving in the Antarctic:

Bringing Breathers to Antarctica.


Check out Dr. Lena Schulze's publications on her physical oceanography research:

Check out Dr. Bryan Franks' latest publication on sharks: "No apparent negative tagging effects after 13 years at liberty for lemon shark, Negaprion brevirostris implanted with acoustic transmitter"

Dr. Bryan Franks, our esteemed shark biologist, is interviewed on his return from Nova Scotia to study Great Whites in collaboration with OCEARCH.

Dr. Nisse Goldberg, botanist and ecologist, is interviewed on the state of the wetlands in the lower St. Johns River: St. Johns River suffers from salinity gains, wetlands loss, report says

Dr. Andy Ouellette, our expert on harmful algal blooms, is interviewed on First Coast News to discuss red tide and toxic algae:

JU works with the Jacksonville Zoo to show behind the scenes scientific research and expeditions

Dr. Bryan Franks, our esteemed shark biologist, is interviewed on Into the Blue- Season 10 Episode 11!

River Wise, a ceramic mural capturing the real world drama of native species and their environment by Tiffany Gonzelez, a candidate for the MFA in Visual Arts. This interdisciplinary project included participates from our undergraduate students in ceramics and the graduate students in marine science, mentored by Dr. Quint White!


Watch the latest Science Of… Manatee Chronicles video to find out why manatee bones are extra dense and why they fracture so easily with JU’s Dr. Gerry Pinto and Jacksonville Zoo’s Conservation Program Officer & JU Alumn Lucas Meers.

Watch how high school and college students build drifters and track ocean currents with the help of NOAA satellites, and find out how and why drifters launched from the Bahamas and Jacksonville end up in the same place - a lemon shark nursery south of Cape Canaveral.

2017 – 2018

Interdisciplinary research initiative between the Biology and Marine Science (Dr. Kara Conway), Kinesiology, and Nursing departments: a pilot project investigating the effects of a natural supplement on several physiological parameters was a success.

Dr. Rose Borkowski assisting a rescued dolphin from nearby Ponte Vedra Beach!

The Associated Press has selected senior Sara Ann Wicks as a statewide finalist for the video project produced as part of the EPIC project "ASSESSING WATER CHEMISTRY AND METAL POLLUTION IN THE LOWER ST. JOHNS RIVER" with faculty Gretchen K. Bielmyer-Fraser, Chemistry Department; Melinda Simmons, Biology & Marine Science Department; Annmarie Kent-Willette, Communications Department. Students test hypotheses, learn scientific techniques, and produce measurable outcomes, while analyzing the influence of changing land use along the lower St. Johns River (LSJR). The valuable field and laboratory experiences gained provide a better understanding of the local environment, with global applications. Marine Science students: Ana Estevez, Chelsea Stratton, Ken Rayburn, and graduate student Mary Freund.

To help teach over 600,000 learners about new genetic research that shows that there may be four species of giraffe instead of just one, the September 25 issue of Scholastic MATH magazine uses the Jacksonville University video Giraffes… Four Species or one?, which was filmed at the Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens, and produced by The Science Of... In addition to having our very own Dr. Ouellette as producer, director, editor, and writer, you can see Lucas Meers, a JU marine science graduate (’12) who is now Conservation Program Officer at the Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens, as he explains this research along with Dr. Julian Fennessy, Director of Giraffe Conservation Foundation, and our local giraffes at the Zoo.

Dr. Melinda Simmons attended 'A Teaching with Data Workshop' (New Brunswick, New Jersey, May 19-21, 2017). This workshop brought together undergraduate professors from six states to learn the software and explore pilot content developed by OOI.

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