The 2018 Annual Environmental Science Retreat was held March 15, 2018 at the spectacular FPL Manatee Lagoon in West Palm Beach. Dr. Ariana Sutton-Grier, Director of Science at The Nature Conservancy, presented her keynote address "Natural Infrastructure, Blue Carbon, and Biodiversity and Human Health: Science to Support Conservation, Policies, and Decision Making".
ES students presented their research and discussed their work with faculty, fellow students and community professionals during a lively poster session. The Charles E. Roberts Environmental Science Student Research Awards were presented for two categories, thesis research and thesis proposal. Richard Jones was awarded first place for his thesis poster "Ecology of Barracudina in the Northern Gulf of Mexicao" and will receive $1000 toward travel to a scientific conference. Emily Kohler won second place for her thesis poster "Diet & prey selectivity of the Little Blue Heron (Egretta caerulea) in coastal South Florida" and will receive $500 for travel.
Elizabeth Lago won the first place award for her thesis proposal and will receive $100 toward membership in a professional society or subscription to a scientific journal. Jacquelyn Evans won second place for her proposal, "Physiological responses of wading bird nestlings to environmental changes in a highly managed lake ecosystem".