Marine Science

Marine Science

In the News

Project tracks bay's bottlenose population
The Eckerd College Dolphin Project is a long-running effort to keep tabs on the bottlenose population of Boca Ciega Bay.
The St. Petersburg Tribune | June 21, 2014

Eckerd students get hands-on lessons aboard research vessel
TBO.com | March 27, 2014

Rebecca Helm '07

After spending time as a Fulbright Fellow in South Africa, Marine Science alumna Rebecca Helm ('07) is now a PhD candidate at Brown University. Read about her jellyfish research in New England.

Rob D'Anjou '10

Alumnus Rob D'Anjou ('10), a graduate student at the Climate System Research Center at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, is the first author on an article in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America: Climate impacts on human settlement and agricultural activities in northern Norway revealed through sediment biogeochemistry.

Ben Belgrad '13

Ben BelgradJunior Ben Belgrad '13 of Boardman, Ohio, is one of 282 college students nationwide to receive the prestigious Goldwater Scholarship for the 2012-2013 academic year. He is the 13th Eckerd College student to be named a Goldwater Scholar. Read full announcement.

David Hastings

This August, Professor of Marine Science and Chemistry David Hastings participated in at-sea research in the Gulf of Mexico that would help to understand the Deep Water Horizon (DWH) event and subsequent impacts on the plankton population, reef and fish communities and the microbial communities.

The recipient of the 2012 Robert A. Staub Distinguished Teacher Award photo-blogged about his experience: "After the oil spill, there was a large pulse of sedimentation from the surface waters that has a different coloration from the sediments beneath. The rate of sedimentation following the oil spill is 100 times greater than before!"

Read Adventures at Sea's profile of Professor Hastings' research.

Jeannine Lessmann

This summer, a pilot mangrove restoration program funded by ASIANetwork helped Eckerd students Brett Thompson '12, Kate Farley '12 and Kaitlyn Lantz '14 travel to Semarang, Indonesia, where they combined their interests in Asia, environmental studies and service. Led by marine botanist Dr. Jeannine Lessmann and service-learning director Brian MacHarg, the group collaborated with an Indonesian toxicologist and three of his students to perform service-learning with local communities and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) addressing mangrove depletion and sea level rise. Eckerd College was one of only two institutions to receive a $23,000 grant award from ASIANetwork for the pilot project.

Read the full Mangrove Restoration Project story here.

Student Research

Given the close proximity to the Gulf of Mexico and subtropical climate, the Tampa Bay region has a high concentration of marine research and academic institutions. Because of many local connections in the Tampa Bay area, a large number of opportunities are available to our students through government and private marine agencies and laboratories, public aquaria, marine conservation institutions, environmental consulting firms, and commercial aquaculture firms.

$1Mil Renovation Project

GMSL patio

The National Science Foundation awarded Eckerd College $870,720 to renovate research spaces within the Galbraith Marine Science Laboratory during the summer of 2011. Eckerd contributions to the project bring the total renovation budget to over $1 million. Learn more.