East Central

The East Central Region of FMSEA covers the following counties: Flagler, Sumter, Lake, Volusia, Seminole, Orange, Osceola, Brevard, Indian River.

East Central Regional Director

There is just so much going on I couldn’t wait another month to fill you all in.

Judge Needed ASAP

We are in need of a judge for a special FMSEA Award at the State Science Fair. Judging is Wed., Mar 29 at the Lakeland Center. If you can help contact Jaclyn Gerakios at president@fmsea.org and Maia McGuire at mpmcg@ufl.edu for more details.

Award Deadline Extended

Were you unable to nominate someone for the John Beakley Marine Science Educator of the Year Award? Not to worry, we have extended the deadline to April 8. Nominate a colleague or yourself today using the online nomination form.

Going… Going… SOLD!

Your help is needed with the FMSEA Silent Auction being held at the annual conference. You don’t even have to attend the conference to assist (though I wouldn’t recommend missing it) as you can help from your home. Do you know of organizations that might have items or experiences that would sell well in our auction. Help us solicit them with the silent auction donation letter or collect the item and enter it into our auction donation form. I could also use help following up with donors we’ve reached out to and help at the conference itself. Contact me if you’d like more information.

Speaking of the Conference

Have you signed up yet? If you haven’t what are you waiting for? We’re having the conference in one of my favorite parts of the state, St Augustine. The abundance of The Hyppo popsicle locations alone (who have also donated to the silent auction) are reason enough to go, not to mention all the great speakers, workshops, field trips, and events we have going on.

Tracking Terrapins

Brevard Zoo needs your help to locate diamondback terrapins. Learn more about the program and participate in citizen science by reporting your diamondback terrapin sightings through this link.

 Oysters on the Half Shell

Everyone needs a home, including oysters. Come to Brevard Zoo’s monthly workshops around the county and learn about how an oyster grows and thrives in the Lagoon. You’ll build an oyster mat that will be later deployed in the Lagoon and serve as a home to settling oyster larvae. Our next workshop is March 25.

Become a Master Naturalist

The upcoming Florida Master Naturalist Program in our region is:

Coastal Systems

  • Brevard: 4/21-5/20/17, Running 6pm-9pm on Fridays and 8am-5pm on Saturdays (with a break during the FMSEA conference)

Aquatic Collection Permit Workshops

Get your collection certificate to use fish and inverts in your education programs at these various workshops. The cost is $25 for the certificate that is valid for 3 years.

  • Brevard:  4/1/17, 10a-1p at Riverwalk Park in Rockledge


The name can stand alone as a title. Join the Marine Discovery center on April 1 for a fun day of food trucks, lagoon and environmental exhibitors, cardboard boat races, and even a mermaid. See the Lagoonacy Flyer or visit the website for more information.

Marineland Lecture Series

On Tuesday, March 21, 2017 from 10-11 am EDT, Jeremy Owens, Ph.D., will be presenting on why it’s important to study Earth’s ancient climate (100,000 to millions of years ago) and what evidence he and his colleagues use to understand it. Dr. Owens will explain what carbon isotopes are and how they have been used to understand the climate. He’ll also explain how ocean oxygenation is connected to the carbon cycle. These lines of evidence are pointing to ways modern, human induced, changes in the climate are changing faster than past natural climate change. Dr. Owens is a post-doctoral fellow at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution. Tune in live at 10am EDT by going to https://youtu.be/DxYJAwLXIlA. You’ll also be able to ask questions during the presentation via the link provided. We look forward to having you join us!!

eBooks for the trail

All 4 sections Great Florida Birding Trail Guides are now available as eBooks from Amazon. https://goo.gl/NH8LIO

They also have extended their wings over Florida program to butterflies. Take part in the Wings Over Florida butterfly program at 4 birding trail sites. If you are visiting Oakland Nature Preserve, Orlando Wetlands Park, Gumbo Limbo Nature Center and Key West Botanical Gardens keep a tally of how many different butterfly species you see and then ask a member of staff about getting your zebra longwing certificate. This fun program is great for families…you only need to see 10 different butterfly species to earn your first certificate! As always you can apply for certificates online.

All Expenses Trip to Australia

We are pleased to announce the 2017 School of Rock professional development workshop on board the JOIDES Resolution while it is in transit from Subic Bay Philippines to Townsville Australia. Dates ~10 -27 July 2017. It is designed for pairs of early career scientists and secondary-level educators applying together. You will learn all about how scientific ocean drilling reveals Earth’s secrets! If accepted, all expenses are paid. To find out more and apply, visit http://joidesresolution.org/node/3298. So grab a scientist and apply today.

Until next month…

I have a lot to share with you this month. First we’ll start with all things conference. I’m very excited we are holding this year’s FMSEA Conference, May 4-7, in one of my favorite Florida City’s, St Augustine. Registration is now open and the early bird deadline ends on March 31, so register today.

Remember scholarships are available to our members but you must apply 60 days in advance which would be by March 5, so that deadline is also fast approaching. We rarely hand out all we have budgeted for scholarships so please apply and remember you can use it for other continuing education as well if you are unable to attend this conference.

Also due on March 5 are the FMSEA Annual Awards nominations. Nominate yourself or another educator for either the John Beakley Marine Educator of the Year or the FMSEA Service Award.

Another deadline is by tomorrow, March 1, to nominate yourself for a board position. We have several positions open for nomination including president elect and my seat as the East Central Regional Director. While I plan to run again I do not discourage any competition. In order to nominate yourself you must send a brief bio, picture, and statement on why you want to serve to president-elect@fmsea.org by tomorrow.

You can still apply to present at FMSEA as well. The deadline for proposals is March 15,

We also need help with the silent auction. If you’d like to volunteer on the committee you can just email me at eastcentral@fmsea.org. If you have items to submit you can fill out the Silent Auction Donation Form. If would like to ask your and other organizations then please contact me and I can supply you with the donation request letter and make sure we haven’t already contacted those organizations.

Now on to other items of note from our member organizations and beyond.

Conservation Science and Coastal Studies

The Florida Master Naturalist Program has the following course open in our region. Click the links for the full syllabus and registration.

Conservation Science, Fridays & Saturdays, March 10-18, 2017, Brevard County

Conservation Science, Fridays-Sunday, March 10-12, 2017, Seminole County

Coastal Systems, Fridays & Saturdays, April 21 – May 20 , 2017 (minus the FMSEA conference weekend of course), Brevard County

Happenings at Brevard Zoo

Looking to get involved and support restoring the lagoon? The zoo needs help building supplies for future reef deployments. Join the next shell bagging event on March 3. Sign up today to reserve your spot! Register Now

Come visit zoo staff at free upcoming events including the Florida Scrub-Jay Festival, an Adopt-A-Mangrove workshop, a presentation from Michael G. Starkey of SAVE THE FROGS!, a Leave No Trace workshop and the Grant Seafood Festival. Find out more details about each by checking out the Conservation Calendar located on the right side of their page! Learn More

Film Festival

One of our lifetime members, Phil Gravinese, is the founder and organizer for the Youth Making Ripples Film Festival. Florida Tech is  hosting this exciting, engaging, and interactive marine themed film festival on March 16. There will be activities set up by local conservation organizations before the films, and a raffle after with prizes including Brevard Zoo tickets, paddleboard passes, restaurant gift cards, and more. See the event flyer for more details.

Work at the MDC

Today is the last day to apply for several jobs at the Marine Discovery Center. Check out the following jobs for Lead Camp Instructor, Media Internship, Assistant Aquarist, and Summer Camp Assistant.

Sea Turtle Safety

The UF/IFAS Extension has created an informative poster about sea turtle safety that you can use.

More Seminars Than You Can Shake a Stick At

The OneNOAA Science Seminar Series is a voluntary effort started in 2004 with contributors from across NOAA Line Offices to bring you the most comprehensive summary of NOAA-hosted, public access, environmental science and climate seminars across the nation. Click the previous link for a summary of the seminars. Click on the title (web link) of each seminar for detailed information. Seminars may be updated at any time. Please check the OneNOAA Science Seminar Calendar often for the latest seminar information. For general questions about the seminars, please contact Tracy.Gill@noaa.govLori.Brown@noaa.gov, or Hernan.Garcia@noaa.gov. For questions specific to a seminar, please contact the point of contact listed in the seminar description of each seminar in the seminar calendar.

Sex in the Sea the Sequel

In this, the second episode of the “Ocean Lovin'” series covering reproduction in the sea, we feature cephalopod experts from the Smithsonian Natural History Museum and National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration, Seattle Aquarium and Woods Hole!

The episode covers the sex lives of the deep sea octopus, the flamboyant cuttlefish and the giant pacific octopus. Come give a listen on SoundCloud or Itunes

World Water Day

Project WET wants you to know about an exciting opportunity to promote water awareness worldwide. They are sharing their award-winning water resources education materials and network of partners to encourage involvement in #MyWaterStory, a global social media conversation culminating in World Water Day activities hosted by the Vatican.

Through the websites worldwatervalues.org and bluerootsproject.org, people from around the world can submit water stories, inspiring us to think about the value of water in their own lives and to respond with multimedia content, such as videos, audio recordings, tweets, photos, artistic work and more.

Learn More

Science Without Boarders

Are you looking for a fun way to incorporate STEAM into your classroom? Then, consider incorporating the Science without Borders® Challenge art contest into your curriculum. Be inspired by Disa, an art teacher in the Philippines, who did just that. Read about her experience using the Challenge to not only teach about science and art, but encourage them to take action by conserving their local fisheries.

Theme: “Reef SuperSpecies”

Prizes: 1st Place: $500; 2nd Place: $350; 3rd Place: $200

Deadline: Monday, April 24, 2017 at 11:59 pm

Eligibility: 11-14 year olds and 15-19 year olds enrolled in primary or secondary school, or the homeschool equivalent.

For more information about the contest, check out Rules and FAQ


I just had the pleasure of touring our conference locations for this year in St. Augustine and I think you’ll be very excited when you see them too. Besides having a great conference agenda lined up at some gorgeous sites there is also so much to do in the U.S.’s oldest city that you’ll want to make sure to stay an extra day or too to enjoy everything. If you want any recommendations let me know as I’m rather familiar with the historic district. There is some amazing food & drink offered in this city so make sure to check it out. I invite any members to join me in some libations during the conference and I’ll show you a few of my favorite haunts. As for the conference here are a few things that you need to know:

Call for presenters is open till March 15. Submit a proposal by filling out the online form at https://goo.gl/forms/mf0OkEmhC2ZJ4DBF2

Call for exhibitors is now open. Sign up here to claim one of the limited booth spaces.

The hotel, Hampton Inn & Suites, Vilano Beach is great being right on the beach and walking distance from Publix. They are also offering an amazing rate of $164 per night so reserve your space now.

We are accepting donations for the silent auction which helps raise money for scholarships. If you have anything you’d like to donate you can fill out the form found at https://goo.gl/forms/KSiyt4prgcDks9bf2 or if you have contacts for other groups that might donate you can just email me with who to get in touch with and I can take care of the rest.

There will be more to come on the conference so stay tuned. But now on to the other offerings in our region.

Seaglass and More at the BIC

The don’t miss event of the Sea Glass Symposium as well as many other great events are coming up at the Barrier Island Center. See their flyer for more details.

Research money available

The call for proposals for Sea Grant is now open. Check out here for more information.

Learn to “frog” by ear

Brevard Zoo has Frogwatch training coming up next month. Read the flyer for more information on this great citizen science project.

Job Opportunity available

Florida Atlantic University’s (FAU) Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute

Position: Coordinator, Academic Support Services position #980318

Job Summary: The Coordinator, Academic Support Services will coordinate various marine education programs, including developing curriculum, scheduling visiting groups, managing teaching labs, and training other instructors.

Job Duties: Will provide instruction in marine education programs at the high school level. Aid in maintaining a safe and clean work place in compliance with FAU and HBOI safety and dive safety programs. Perform other duties as assigned.


A Master’s degree in marine science, environmental science, science education, or related field; or a Bachelor’s degree in marine science, environmental science, science education, or related field and two years of experience required. Experience in operating small boats is required. Experience in science education at the K-12 level is also required. Lifeguarding experience is preferred. Must be able to meet training and skill requirements set by FAU’s Dive Safety for snorkeling supervision. Requirements may include but are not limited to obtaining certifications in lifesaving, CPR, AED, O2, and first aid. Must complete the necessary training as provided by FAU and HBOI. Excellent organizational skills, strong communication skills, and the ability to work well as part of a team are also a must. Must be able to work outside of regular work hours when necessary. Valid driver’s license required.

Salary range: $35,000 – $40,000 per annum

Term:   Grant funded, current end date 7/31/17, eligible but not guaranteed for additional funding

Special Instructions to Applicant:

This position is location at FAU’s Harbor Branch in Fort Pierce Florida.  Final candidate will be required to have official, sealed transcripts and original NACES evaluation, if applicable, sent from their educational institution to Human Resources prior to the start of employment. Successful completion of a background and motor vehicle check is required for the selected candidate prior to the start date.  Applicants must apply electronically on the website https://jobs.fau.edu by completing Faculty, Administrative, Managerial and Professional (AMP) Positions Application, position number 980318.

Florida Atlantic University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action/equal access institution and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veterans status or any other characteristic protected by law. Individuals with disabilities requiring accommodation, please call 561-297-3057. 711.

FAU is committed to the principles of engaged teaching, research and service, and reflects this commitment as a key Platform in its 2015-2025 Strategic Plan.  All persons aspiring to achieve excellence in the practice of these principles are encouraged to apply.



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by Brandon 2016/11/05 East Central

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by Brandon 2016/08/31 East Central

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East Central Regional Blog – May 2016

by Brandon 2016/05/11 East Central

First of all in case you didn’t make it through your last email from me we are trying to organize a regional outing to go on a guided sea turtle walk in Melbourne Beach in the larges loggerhead nesting beach in the world, The Archie Carr National Wildlife Refuge. If you are interested in going please […]

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by Brandon 2016/04/02 East Central

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FMSEA East Central Update – February 2016

by Brandon 2016/02/10 East Central

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East Central Region January 2016 Updates

by Brandon 2016/01/16 East Central

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