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OUTSTANDING STUDENT PRESENTATIONS AT THE INDIAN RIVER LAGOON SYMPOSIUM 2020  

IRL Symposium photo of speaker on stage in 2019
  Graduate Student Michelle Edwards receiving one of two awards at the Indian River Symposium 2020 from Dennis Hanisak, chair of the Symposium Steering Committee.

Lynda F. Rysavy | 2/25/2020

At the recent Indian River Lagoon Symposium, 15 high school and university students were recognized for their nine excellent oral and poster presentations. 

Three FAU Graduate students, Skyler Klingshirn, Andrew Pressley, and Juliet Ruggiero, received an Outstanding Student Presentation Award for their poster, "Connecting the Community with the Indian River Lagoon through Public Outreach Efforts."  In their poster, Klingshim, Pressley and Ruggiero, showcased their work through FAU Harbor Branch’s Ocean Discovery Visitors Center (ODVC), to advance public education, working with the ODVC staff Madeleine Arencibia, Brandon McHenry, and Gabby Barbarite, Ph.D. 

Michelle Edwards, a graduate student in Matt Ajemian’s, Ph.D. lab at FAU Harbor Branch, received two awards, an Outstanding Student Presentation Award and the People’s Choice Award – Best Student 3-Minute Oral Presentation, for her talk on "Exposure to Multiple Algal Toxins among Young Bull Sharks, Carcharhinus leucas, in Florida’s Indian River Lagoon." FAU Harbor Branch Researchers Michael McCallister, Luke Yrastorza, Adam Schaefer, and Ajemian were co-authors on the research. This ongoing study is providing valuable data on exposure and trophic transfer of multiple harmful algal bloom toxins in the Indian River Lagoon.

 

 

IRLS 2020 Student Awards
Graduate Students, Andrew Pressley, Skyler Klingshirn,
and Juliet Ruggiero, with their award-winning poster at the Indian River Symposium 2020.

       

FAU Harbor Branch Indian River Lagoon Symposium
February 13, 2020

Outstanding Student Presentation Awards

Poster Presentation:
"Assessing Wading Bird Disturbance by Boat Traffic on Oyster Reefs in Mosquito Lagoon Using Video Observation"
John Buzby
University of Central Florida

Poster Presentation: 
"Connecting the Community with the Indian River Lagoon through Public Outreach Efforts"
Skyler Klingshirn, Andrew Pressley, and Juliet Ruggiero
FAU's Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute

Poster Presentation: 
"The Effect of Sea Level Rise on the Health of Sable palmetto Hammocks in the Coastal Oaks Preserve University of Central Florida"
Griffin Wagner, Alex Bounassi, Maxwell Tardif, and Geena Salinas
Vero Beach High School & Sebastian River High School

3-Minute Oral Presentation: 
"Exposure to Multiple Algal Toxins among Young Bull Sharks, Carcharhinus leucas, in Florida’s Indian River Lagoon"
Michelle L. Edwards
Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute at Florida Atlantic University

15-Minute Oral Presentation:
"Quantifying the Effects of Hypoxia and Fish Kills on Fish Community Diversity in the Indian River Lagoon"
Dakota M. Lewis
University of Central Florida

15-Minute Oral Presentation:
"Assessing the Response of Mangrove Snapper (Lutjanus griseus) Trophic Dynamics to Oyster Reef Restoration in the Indian River Lagoon"
Jennifer M. Loch
University of Central Florida

 

People’s Choice Awards

People’s Choice Award – Best Student Poster Presentation:
"Cathodically Protected Steel as a Replacement for Plastic in Oyster Reef Restoration Methods"
Morgan Gilligan & Afanasy Melnikov
Florida Institute of Technology 


People’s Choice Award – Best Student 3-Minute Oral Presentation: 
"Exposure to Multiple Algal Toxins among Young Bull Sharks, Carcharhinus leucas, in Florida’s Indian River Lagoon"
Michelle L. Edwards
FAU's Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute


People’s Choice Award – Best Student 15-Minute Oral Presentation: 
"Stoichiometry of Nutrient Fluxes in Sediments" 
Lulia Bibire
Florida Institute of Technology