Environmental Science News

FPL currently hiring FAU student interns at Manatee Lagoon: Apply by April 23

Since 2015, the Environmental Science Program has sponsored the successful and popular Manatee Masters Program in partnership with FPL at the Manatee Lagoon in Riviera Beach. This program hires and trains FAU students to become manatee experts who educate the public about manatees and the Lake Worth Lagoon.

Manatees have gathered at Florida Power and Light's Riviera Beach power plant in winter since the 1940's, seeking warmth when water temperatures dip below 68 degrees. In 2016 FPL opened the Manatee Lagoon for the public to watch the sea cows in action.

FPL is now seeking new Manatee Masters to begin in May.

Interested graduate students and advanced undergraduates are encouraged to attend the information sessions being held at the Boca Raton campus on April 22, and at the Jupiter campus on April 23.

Register HERE for the April 22 session at noon in the Boca Raton campus Career Center (Room 220).

Register HERE for the April 23 session at noon on the Jupiter campus. 

Students should submit their application for the Manatee Masters Program, including their resume, through FAU's  HANDSHAKE   no later than April 23 at midnight.

Qualified candidates will be interviewed at the Career Center on April 26. 

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  Dr. Alan Wilson to speak on consequences of nutrient enrichment and herbivore adaptation for phytoplankton in lakes

At the 2019 Environmental Science Retreat on April 8, the ES the keynote speaker will be Dr. Alan Wilson, Associate Professor in the School of Fisheries, Aquaculture and Aquatic Sciences at Auburn University. 


Dr. Wilson is a PhD ecologist and a former program director at the National Science Foundation. He has published over 50 papers in the past 16 years on cyanobacteria and trophic interactions in freshwater and he serves on the editorial boards of both Nature Scientific Reports and Harmful Algae. Among numerous research awards and honors he also teaches an effective graduate-level meta-analysis course and maintains a highly active undergraduate research program, including a NSF-funded Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) program at Auburn. 

Plan to join us on April 8 in the Great Hall of the Marleen and Harold Forkas Alumni Center on the Boca Raton campus. Dr. Wilson's presentation will begin at 3:30, and Environmental Science students will be presenting their research posters from 1:30-3:15. For more information, contact Dr. Dianne Owen, dowen@fau.edu.


Dr. Stephen Nowicki gives talk on animal cognition and behavior


Dr. Stephen Nowicki of Duke University is one of the most prolific and respected researchers in the field of behavioral ecology. FAU biology professor Dr. Rindy Anderson is hosting his talk on animal behavior and cognition, and his studies using songbirds as a model system to investigate categorical perception of auditory and visual stimuli. 

Mark your calendars for this special Biological Sciences Seminar on February 11 from 4-5 pm in the College of Medicine building, Room 126, on the Boca Raton Campus. For more information, contact Dr. Rindy Anderson, andersonr@fau.edu.

Explore connections between culture and the natural world with Dr. Maria Fadiman


Join Maria Fadiman, Ph.D., associate professor of geosciences, as she takes you through a journey into the rainforests of Latin America, the savannas of Africa and into the Bahamas where she worked with a National Geographic team. You’ll learn how people across the planet are utilizing plants for medicine, food, music, construction, rituals and other innovative ways. 

Don't miss this journey with Dr. Fadiman on February 21 from 2-3p.m., at the Boca Raton Public Library, 400 NW 2nd Avenue, Boca Raton. Click here for more information.

An evening with Doug Tallamy: Bringing Nature Home

Wednesday, May 16, 2018, 7pm, FAU Carole and Barry Kaye Performing Arts Auditorium  

Dr. Douglas Tallamy, author of "Bringing Nature Home", will share how growing native plants in our own yards, gardens, and local greenspaces gives us the chance—and the responsibility—to play an essential role in the survival of native wildlife.  

Dr. Tallamy, an inspiring and engaging speaker, is the author of “Bringing Nature Home: How You Can Sustain Wildlife with Native Plants.” He is Chair of the Department of Entomology and Wildlife Ecology at the University of Delaware, where his chief research interests are to better understand the many ways insects interact with plants and how such interactions determine the diversity of animal communities. 

This special event is being presented by Audubon Everglades, the Atala Chapter of the North American Butterfly Association, FAU Pine Jog Environmental Education Center, Mounts Botanical Garden of Palm Beach County, and the Palm Beach County Chapter of the Florida Native Plant Society. 

2018 ES Student Research Retreat

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".