The Marine Science Institute (MSRI) is responsible for cutting edged research on the health and status of the St. Johns River and marine ecosystems. Major projects coordinated through The Institute include Fisheries Independent Monitoring Program (this program provides data for The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission and other fisheries managers to regulating Florida’s biological resources), The River Report Card Project is an ongoing collaborative effort by Jacksonville University and University of North Florida to assess health and status indicators from water chemistry and habitat to endangered and threatened species of the St. Johns River, ongoing Manatee Protection Planning and River Status Reports consist of monthly updates to the City of Jacksonville Waterways Commission on many issues arising on County waterways, including off shore waters, from dredging to reef restoration, High School Marine & Environmental Education Program (Duval County Public Schools) and the Department of Marine Science and its Ongoing Research Opportunities.
Interested in JU's Faculty Research? Click here to view Marine Science Faculty; click on the name to view their particular interest, research and area of study.
Dr. Gerry Pinto and the Marine Science Graduates recently set~up (3) 7ft diameter circular tanks which holds 750 gals ~ soon to be stocking Hybrid Striped Bass !
Types of Projects:
Experimental or descriptive research, primary literature review, scholarship or creative
activity in any academic field undertaken by Freshman,
Sophomore or Junior undergraduate students enrolled at Jacksonville University. We have the potential to fund several awards depending on the number and quality of proposals received.
Any undergraduate student (traditional day and evening ADP) with a minimum of one full year remaining at JU when they apply for funding to ensure that they will be enrolled during the Student Research Symposium at the end of the project.
Submit a 5 - 10 page double-spaced description of the project (page limit includes images, graphs, diagrams and tables) to Dr. Lee Ann Clements (Chair, Undergraduate Research Fund Committee; firstname.lastname@example.org ). The proposal should be submitted electronically as an MS Word document, 12 point, Times Roman, Arial or Calibri font, double-spaced, with 1 inch margins. Completed Signature Page is Required (paper copy or scanned)!!!—see attached document for more details
Fundable costs (including but not limited to):
- Travel to and from libraries, collecting sites, studios or laboratories
- Materials and supplies consumed by the project
- Small items of equipment ($75 -- $500) – equipment is the property of Jacksonville University at the completion of the project.
- Survey costs
- Travel to regional or national meeting to present results
Deadline: 5 pm March 11, 2011
- Presentation of results at the Student Research Symposium 2012
- Submission of abstract to NCUR 2012
Recipients will be announced at the Student Research Symposium 2011.
Dr. Dan McCarthy and four JU students (Danielle Laramie, Amy Hulsey, Anthony Flock,
and Steve Taylor) and one former student (Julia Lyons) participated in a National
Geographic and National Park Service sponsored BioBlitz in Biscayne National Park
from April 29 to May 1, 2010. The purpose behind the BioBlitz was to 1) identify,
and learn about as many species as possible, 2) highlight unique biodiversity protected
by NPS, 3) let the public do science in the field with experts, 3) inspire the next
generation of organismal biologists and stewards, and 4) guide people in reconnecting
to nature. The BioBlitz included over 150 scientists, naturalists and leaders from
US Universities as well as state and federal government agencies. Several internationally
prominent scientists were there including Dr. Sylvia Earle and Nancy Knowlton. The
BioBlitz occurred during a 24 hour period where counts were made of all identified
terrestrial and aquatic animal and plant species encountered in the park. The National
Geographic and Park Service conduct one BioBlitz a year at one of the NPS parks within
the US. What made this year’s event unique is that this was the first US BioBlitz
in a NPS park that is primarily underwater. Consequently, the event required a great
deal of logistical coordination as participants needed boats to get from the mainland
out to areas to snorkel and explore as well as to be transported to offshore islands
such as Elliot Key where activities where occurring.
The JU team trailered the department vessel, the 26 ft RV Dolphin, a few days early to get settled in as well as allow more flexibility to explore different areas of the park. Dr. McCarthy and the students camped at Elliot Key (One of the BioBlitz bases) during the event. Initially, during their BIOBLITZ participation the JU team used the RV Dolphin to explore different areas (Boca Chita and Sand Keys) of the park and make collections of various animals such as crabs, sea urchins, worms, clams, snails, etc. Because of their boat, they were able to contribute species to the count in areas where most of the other scientists in the event were not able to go to. When they returned from making their collections, they set up a touch tank to teach visitors on the island about the general biology of the animals they caught. During the course of the day hundreds of public visitors were ferried into Elliot Key and made their rounds through the touch tank as well as other exhibits of the BioBlitz. These visitors included public and private students as well as members of the general public. When the crowds started to slow down, the JU team shifted their duties to working with the team from the Florida Natural History Museum where they used scientific keys to identify as many of the organisms they collected. A number of the species JU students identified will end up being stored with the Museum in Gainesville. Overall, JU contributed nearly 50 species to the total count. At the end of the event, over 800 species had been counted including fish, invertebrates, plants algae, reptiles, birds and mammals. Since a number of unknown species were collected by different scientists, it is likely that the number will increase as identifications are made and submitted to the list. For more information go to National Geographic - Bioblitz
Medusa Head Polychaete Worm Tulip Shell, Sea Cucumber & Cowerie
Beaded Periwinkles Black Mangroves & Limestone at Elliot Key
Public Interaction at Elliot Key Steve Taylor interviewed by
National Geographic Reporter