The latest issue of the NMEA newsletter is now online (Volume 28, Issue 1 Spring 2012). Here’s the chapter report from FMSEA:
The Florida Marine Science Educators Association’s (FMSEA) theme “Going Coastal” will be “played out” on the campuses of the University of South Florida and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission in St. Petersburg, FL. Participants will have the chance to explore both Florida’s most beautiful beach, Fort Desoto and Florida’s largest estuary, Tampa Bay. Field-trips will provide opportunities for snorkelers, sailors, kayakers, dolphin enthusiasts, and paddle boarders out on the water, as well as exposure to cutting-edge ocean research and acquiring a collection permit to safely collect aquatic specimens for classes. Participants are invited to “have a drink and think” during the St. Petersburg SciCafé kick-off event on Thursday. Friday, Pierre-Yves Cousteau will make an announcement that will place St. Petersburg, the State of Florida, as well as the United States, on the international stage. Saturday will bring concurrent sessions from across the region as well as a research track that will allow researchers to provide insight into their cutting-edge work. As the sun sets Saturday night, the FMSEA silent auction and banquet will complete the Conference with great food and an evening with Ellen Prager, Ph.D, President of EartH2Ocean, on Sex, Drugs, and Sea Slime: The Oceans’ Oddest Creatures and Why They Matter. For the latest details, visit: www.FMSEA.org.