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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: "Understanding the dangers surrounding red tide and toxic algae." and  NEWS
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!

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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!


  • 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.

  • 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.  


From left to right – front row

Catherine Halversen-Lawrence Hall of Science, Brook Love-Western Washington University, Kristin Hunter-Thomson-Rutgers University, Shannon Wells-Old Dominion University, Walter Cho-Point Loma Nazarene University, Cheryl Greengrove- University of Washington- Tacoma, Melinda Simmons- Jacksonville University, Anna Pfeiffer-Herbert-Stockton University.

From left to right – back row

Alfred Hochstaedter- Monterey Peninsula College, Sage Lichtenwalner-Rutgers University, Walker Smith-Virginia Institute of Marine Science, Chris Perle-Florida State College, Nathalie Reyns –University of San Diego, Susan White-Brookhaven College. 

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