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Student posters win awards at 2022 Environmental Science Retreat

The 2022 Environmental Science Retreat was held in-person this year at FAU's Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute in Fort Pierce, where ES students presented their research to attendees and judges during a poster session. The first-place winner was Garrett Maggio (advisor Dr. Mike McCoy) for his thesis research on the genetics of parasitic trematodes in diamondback terrapins. Billy Abbott (advisor Rindy Anderson) was the runner-up for his thesis research on how morphological features mitigate the effects of high temperatures on mating behavior in the Bachman's sparrow. Cristal Espinosa's study of marine debris in mangrove environments (advisor Dr. Tiffany Briggs) was the winner in the Directed Independent research category.

Mark Cook

The Retreat featured renowned wildlife ecologist Dr. Mark Cook , the Scientific Section Lead of the Systemwide Everglades Research Group at the South Florida Water Management District. Dr. Cook is also a widely recognized wildlife photographer who uses his photography to educate and inspire greater appreciation of our local natural heritage. A panel discussion engaging students and professionals followed the keynote presentation. >>Click here for more information .




Head Out On a Research Excursion to Big Cypress National Preserve

Researchers Katie Buckman and River Vanderveer visited remote areas of Big Cypress National Preserve by helicopter to survey vegetation, bird nesting sites, and use a hollow box to sample fish populations in the wetlands. Katie is the crew lead and River is an undergraduate researcher studying Environmental Science. If you are interested in pursuing a degree in Environmental Science, bring an appetite for adventure, waders and sun protection, and visit our Academic Programs webpages.

Michelle PetersenHelping Hand for Wading Birds

With the varying water conditions in the Everglades constantly putting the survival of wading birds’ chicks at risk, the race to understand events leading to a successful nesting season has become the mission of Michelle Petersen, Ph.D., a new research assistant professor in the Charles E. Schmidt College of Science. Read more.



Congratulations to Recent ES Graduates

Sixteen Environmental Science students earned their MS degree in 2020-2021, successfully completing research to advance our understanding in fields ranging from sea turtle ecology, climate change resilience in coastal communities, and the role of cultural identity in the modern food landscape. 

LeoceDaniele Leoce

Daniele completed her thesis with advisor Maria Fadiman examining cultural ideals within the South Florida food landscape.




MoorehouseMelissa Moorehouse

Melissa did work on the use of stable isotopes to infer foraging niche of marine sea turtles with advisor John Baldwin.





HustonBridget Huston

Bridget worked with advisor Colin Polsky to assess climate resilience to environmental hazards in coastal communities.


CourtemancheAli Courtemanche

Ali investigated inundation mortality in developing sea turtle embryos under the direction of Sarah Milton.