The Littoral Drift—FMSEA’s Community newsletter

The Littoral Drift is the name of FMSEA’s Community newsletter and contains information about educational workshop and conferences, teaching aids and resources, regional activities and events, field trip sites, and other articles of interest to FMSEA members.

Did You Know? Littoral drift consists of the transport of sediments (generally sand but may also consist of coarser sediments such as gravels) along a coast at an angle to the shoreline, which is dependent on prevailing wind direction, swash and backwash. This process occurs in or within close proximity to the surf zone and is also known as longshore drift, longshore transport and LSD.

Savanna Barry became the new North Regional Director for FMSEA in August 2016. She is excited to be serving in this role and looks forward to increasing FMSEA membership in the north region. But first… a little background about Savanna.

UF/IFAS Nature Coast Biological Station faculty and Sea Grant agent Savanna Barry working in Cedar Key, Florida. Photo: Tyler Jones, UF/IFAS UF/IFAS Nature Coast Biological Station faculty and Sea Grant agent Savanna Barry working in Cedar Key, Florida. Photo: Tyler Jones, UF/IFAS

 

Savanna grew up on a small farm in central Virginia and discovered her interest in marine ecology during family vacations to small fishing towns along the Chesapeake Bay. After earning her B.S. in Biology from the University of Virginia, Savanna split her time between Gainesville, FL and Little Cayman Island to earn her M.S. in Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences through the University of Florida. Her M.S. research focused on interactions between seagrasses and calcifying algae but she was also involved in youth education and public outreach on the island. While in Little Cayman, Savanna completed her Divemaster certification and co-organized an island-wide effort to remove invasive lionfish from local coral reefs. After completing her M.S., Savanna moved back to Gainesville full-time to continue into a Ph.D. program at the University of Florida. She did her dissertation work in the beautiful seagrass meadows of the southern Nature Coast where she investigated seagrass meadows growing under different rates of nutrient input.

Savanna Barry teaches a group of 4-H youth from Levy County about seining and marine species in Cedar Key, FL Savanna Barry teaches a group of 4-H youth from Levy County about seining and marine species in Cedar Key, FL. Photo: Tyler Jones, UF/IFAS

 

Savanna began serving the Nature Coast as a Regional Specialized Agent with Sea Grant and UF/IFAS Extension in February 2016 and graduated with her doctorate in April 2016. She lives in Cedar Key and is stationed full time at the Nature Coast Biological Station. She conducts diverse extension programming addressing issues of sustainable recreation, coastal literacy and stewardship, and enhancing/restoring marine habitats. You can follow her work on her blog or the NCBS Facebook page. You can get in touch with her about FMSEA business at north@fmsea.org.

 

Savanna practices her dip netting along with other FMSEA members at a recent Aquatic Species Collection Workshop in Crystal River, FL. Savanna practices her dip netting along with other FMSEA members at a recent Aquatic Species Collection Workshop in Crystal River, FL.

 

Savanna contemplates a squid while diving in Little Cayman Island Savanna contemplates a squid while diving in Little Cayman Island
Can't wait for #NMEA13 in #Mobile, AL? Stay tuned for details about our #SocialMediaChallenge!

National Marine Educators Association

Timeline Photos
Board meeting at #NMEA13 just started! Questions about #oceans and #waterways, #MarineScienceEducation or the #NMEA13 conference? Send them our way!

Are you in or traveling to Mobile for #NMEA13? Let us know!

by Sean 2013/07/21 Littoral Drift (Community News)

Are you in or traveling to Mobile for #NMEA13? Let us know! If you brought an item for the #FMSEA Chapter Basket for the Silent Auction, contact Laura at diederick (at) si.edu to make arrangements to drop off.

If you’re not in Mobile, you can still participate by following the conference hashtag – #NMEA13 – and posting your questions and comments on the National Marine Educators Association page!

More →

Reese Hanifin shared this picture of her FMSEA13 conference bag

by Sean 2013/07/16 Littoral Drift (Community News)

FMSEA member Reese Hanifin recently shared this picture of her #FMSEA13 conference bag on the steps of a Mayan ruin. That got us thinking…where ELSE in the world are our members traveling this summer? Comment below or send us your pics! Hopefully ONE…

More →

And the winner is…

by Sean 2013/07/09 Littoral Drift (Community News)

In case you missed the announcement (or don’t subscribe to scuttlebutt), FMSEA’s very own Howard Rutherford (former West Central Regional Director, former FMSEA President) was just elected president-elect of our national organization, National Marine Educators Association. Given his tremendous leadership in FMSEA and at his home institution (Pier Aquarium/Secrets of the Sea Marine Exploration Center […]

More →

Sea the Gulf, Join the Roux in Mobile!

by Sean 2013/06/20 Littoral Drift (Community News)

Hello fellow FMSEAns! (FMSEAites? FMSEAers?) The annual National Marine Educators Association conference (#nmea13) is right around the corner in Mobile, Alabama, which is practically in Florida’s backyard! If you haven’t checked out the line-up of speakers and events, go to the conference website NOW! It is sure to be a great conference and we hope […]

More →

Less than a week away until our conference! And don't forget about the science c…

by Sean 2013/04/26 Littoral Drift (Community News)

Less than a week away until our conference! And don’t forget about the science cafe in advance of the meeting, sponsored by COSEE Florida. This event is FREE and open to the public so spread the word! See you there!


Timeline Photos
@[108023222616131:274:COSEE Florida] is pleased to be sponsoring a science cafe in advance of the @[121383571222877:274:FMSEA] annual conference in Fort Pierce! Spread the word and join us!

More →

Countdown to our annual conference! We can't wait to see you all in Fort Pierce…

by Sean 2013/04/25 Littoral Drift (Community News)

Countdown to our annual conference! We can’t wait to see you all in Fort Pierce for #fmsea13! Just a few days left to register online at the link below. And if you’ve already registered but haven’t booked a field excursion, don’t miss out! Some of our trips have just a few spots left!


2013 Annual Conference — FMSEA Florida Marine Science Educators Association
fmsea.org
2013 Annual Conference CHANGING ENVIRONMENTS: OLD FLORIDA, NEW SCIENCE May 2-5, 2013 FAU Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute Fort Pierce, FL Our 2013 Annual Conference will be held at Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute in Fort Pierce, FL from May 2-5, 2013.

More →

Are you a member of our national organization?

by Sean 2013/04/12 Littoral Drift (Community News)

Are you a member of our national organization, National Marine Educators Association (NMEA)? If not, you’ll hear all about what this great group of people is doing to move Ocean Literacy forward when NMEA President, Craig Strang, gives the Saturday morning Keynote at #fmsea13. Be sure to register today at www.fmsea.org/2013!


2013 FMSEA Annual Conference
fmsea.org
CHANGING ENVIRONMENTS: OLD FLORIDA, NEW SCIENCE • May 2-5, 2013 • FAU Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute • Fort Pierce, FL

More →