Marine Science

Marine Science

Student Research Symposium

All Eckerd College students are invited to participate in a symposium highlighting student research. Current students from all academic areas are welcome to participate by giving either a poster or oral presentation describing their work.

All submissions consist of significant original research performed by a student or group of students. All first authors must be current Eckerd College students. Abstracts are due in February and the Symposium is held in March each year.

Awards for the Symposium have been made possible through SunTrust/ASPEC/Faculty Learning Grants and the Eckerd College chapter of Sigma Xi, The Scientific Research Society. Each winning presentation received a $100 prize.

ASPEC Award for Best Oral Presentation

INVESTIGATING BACTERIAL COMMUNITIES IN THE CARIBBEAN SPONGE CALLYSPONGIA VAGINALIS, Duscher, A., S. Fortin, C. Hughes, K. Sharp, M. Zaino, C. Zink

ASPEC Award for Best Poster Presentation

EFFECTS OF PREDATION AND PARASITISM ON CLIMBING BEHAVIOR ON THE MARINE SNAIL, CERITHIDEA SCALARIFORMIS, Belgrad, B., C. Duca, N. Smith USE OF THE PLANT CYTOKININ KINETIN IN THE RESCUE OF THE SPLICING DISORDER FAMILIAL DYSAUTONOMIA, Schlosser, A.

Sigma Xi Award for Best Overall Scientific Presentation

DNA ANALYSIS OF BACTERIA ON DISEASED AND HEALTHY SPECIMENS OF THE OCTOCORAL GENUS EUNICEA, Fortin, S., H. Ashworth, V. Brinkhuis, A. Dusher, C. Hughes, K. Sharp, M. Tan, M. Zaino, C. Zink

These are the most recent award winners. Select a tab below for a full list of symposium awards as well as annual programs with abstracts.

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.