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
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. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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
Live Ship-to-Shore Events with the JOIDES Resolution!
Live ship-to-shore event sign-ups are now open for IODP Exp. 363 Western Pacific Warm Pool, October 6 – Dec. 8, 2016. Live events are free but fill up on a first come-first served basis. You can sign up here: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdrP1wutec52z6o5D73jTQRgqMJ_sb0it45YPAroCbxb-B7mA/viewform
For more information, visit here: http://joidesresolution.org/node/1746
And see our video about our live events: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5M-GM_4jmNY
Project WILD Facilitator Training
Have you completed a Project WILD workshop and want to take it to the next level? Join Project WILD December 2-4 for a FREE facilitator training at Everglades Youth Conservation Camp. See flyer for more details, and to register.
Natural Science Education Training at MacArthur Beach State Park
10/21/16 Project WILD and Aquatic WILD
12/23/16 Flying WILD and Schoolyard Wildlife
2/20/17 Project Learning Tree
3/17/17 Project WILD and Aquatic WILD
Please see the attached flyer (NSET Registration) for more information, and to register.
NOAA’s Teacher at Sea Program
We are pleased to announce NOAA’s Teacher at Sea Program will accept applications for 2017 starting in November. Applications and references are accepted only through our online application system from November 1 – 30, 2016. The application closes at 5:00 pm ET on November 30.Until then, interested applicants should:1. Visit our Frequently Asked Questions page to learn more about program eligibility and expectations. http://teacheratsea.noaa.gov/#/faqs/
2. Download the pdf preview of our application to review the questions that we ask and, if so inclined, begin preparing responses.http://teacheratsea.noaa.gov/about/applications/NOAA_TAS_Blank_Application_2017.pdf
Calling all NOSB Alumni
This coming school year, the NOSB will be celebrating its 20th anniversary! We want to get in touch with you, our NOSB alumni, and find out what you’re doing and the impact the NOSB has had on your life and career. It’s okay if you’re not a marine scientist – we want to hear from you no matter what career path you took. Specifically we’d like to know:
- What you’re doing. If you’re in school, what are you majoring in? If you’re out of school, what type of work are you doing?
- A brief statement about how the NOSB impacted your life and career (this can be as short as a sentence or as long as you like).
- Relevant details – what years you participated, when you graduated, what high school you went to, and your regional bowl.
You can send us this information through:
Twitter: Use the handle @NOSBRocks and/or the hashtag #NOSBAlums
Facebook: Post on our National Ocean Sciences Bowl Facebook page
Snail mail: NOSB, 1201 New York Ave, NW 4th Floor Washington, DC 20005
Citizen Science Water Quality Program
November 5th, 2:00pm – 4:00pm
Loggerhead Marinelife Center: 14200 US Highway One Juno Beach, FL 33408
Participants at this public workshop will learn about water quality and sampling techniques to become Citizen Scientists in their community. Resources available for teachers, students, and community members. See attached flyer for details, and to register!
Palm Beach County Natural Areas “Adventure Awaits” Fall Event Series
With 16 free events scheduled from September through November, there are many opportunities to interact with Environmental Resources Management naturalists as they lead sunset hikes, cycling and paddling tours, teach nature photography skills and explore the night sky. Participate in one experience or multiple activities. Click here
to learn more and register for these FREE events!
Hello, FMSEA members!
I wanted to send you a quick update on the Board of Directors meeting we had this past weekend. The meeting was held at the Florida Aquarium in Tampa, FL.
We used the board meeting to introduce some new faces to the board, including our new regional directors and treasurer! Please check our updated web page to learn more about these amazing individuals.
We worked on this year’s annual conference – it will be held May 4-7, 2017 in Saint Augustine, Florida! The theme of this year’s conference is FMSEA on the First Coast: Shining A Light on Ocean Literacy. If you are interested in helping in any way with this conference, please contact Jenna LoDico at email@example.com
Make sure you save the dates for our annual conference and be on the lookout for more details soon!!
Captain's Log (President)
Hello! My name is Jaclyn and I FMSEA President for 2016-2017. I wanted to give you all some information about me. I have been teaching for over 5 years. I hold a Masters of Science in Environmental Education and a Bachelor’s of Science in Marine Biology. I am certified as a Florida teacher in […]
International Coastal Cleanup Saturday, September 17th For all start times, sites, and registration information in Palm Beach County, visit www.keeppbcbeautiful.org. See attached flyer for details. Bike Your Park Day at Jonathan Dickinson State Park Saturday, September 24th 8:30am Meet members of Club Scrub at the park’s concession for a relaxing 10 mile ride on paved […]
We will be hosting an Aquatic Species Collecting Workshop at Fletcher High School on October 8 from 10-12. If you are interested in attending you can sign up using the link below. https://www.regonline.com/Register/Checkin.aspx?EventID=1878849
I know you haven’t had a blog from me in a little while but between summer camps, creating a new outdoor exhibit, and planning the NMEA conference this summer has been insanely busy. So after a bit of hiatus I am back to share some great resources with you. Enjoy! Wish for a Fish Do you […]
Welcome back to school to all of the traditional educators and to all of our nontraditional I guess you have fallen back into a nice routine now that summer camps are over and school sessions are in! I know I can’t wait to go on my field trips to the Guana Education Center (GTM NERR) […]
Palm Beach County Natural Areas “Adventure Awaits” Fall Event Series With 16 free events scheduled from September through November, there are many opportunities to interact with Environmental Resources Management naturalists as they lead sunset hikes, cycling and paddling tours, teach nature photography skills and explore the night sky. Participate in one experience or multiple activities. […]
Citizen Science Water Quality Program August 6th 1:00pm – 3:00pm Loggerhead Marinelife Center: 14200 US Highway One Juno Beach, FL 33408 Participants at this public workshop will learn about water quality and sampling techniques to become Citizen Scientists in their community. Resources available for teachers, students, and community members. See attached flyer for details, and […]