Saint Edward's School launches its Spring Science Speaker Series on Tuesday, February 4th. The noon presentations highlight information and research specific to our local area and cover topics ranging from marine biology to horticulture. Upper School students have the opportunity to learn from some of the top scientists and researchers in our area. All events are held in the Waxlax Center for the Performing Arts and are open to the public.
SAINT EDWARD’S SCHOOL PRESENTS: SPRING SCIENCE SPEAKER SERIES
Tuesday, February 4th: Tarpon in Your Back Yard: The Importance of the Indian River Lagoon
Jonathan Shenker, PhD
Associate Professor of Marine Biology
Department of Biological Sciences
Florida Institute of Technology
Dr. Shenker has worked on the biology and ecology of fishes from many parts of the world, ranging from Florida and the Caribbean to the North Pacific Ocean and West Africa. He also studies a wide range of habitats, including freshwater, estuarine, and deep ocean systems, artificial and natural reefs, marshes and sea grasses, and anywhere else fish might live. His fisheries biology and aquaculture research has determined how oceanographic and meteorological conditions can control the annual variability of economically important fish populations, and how habitats can be managed to enhance their suitability for fishes. He has published 40+ papers, and had graduated 40 M.S. students and 6 Ph.D. students during his 22 years at Florida Tech. A large number of undergraduate students work as research assistants in his laboratory, and many conduct their own research projects.
Friday, March 21: The Sound of Science: What Oyster Reefs May Be Telling Us About Our Environment
Dr. Vincent Encomio, PhD
Director of Scientific Research, Senior Scientist
The Florida Oceanographic Society
Vincent Encomio, PhD, Research Scientist, spearheads the effort to restore the oyster population devastated by fresh-water discharges into the estuary that began in 2005 and continues today! The oysters are critical to cleaning the water and providing habitat and food for more than 300 estuarine species. Florida Oceanographic staff and volunteers grow oyster larvae and spat at our science center. When they mature, Dr. Encomio and others lead volunteers in building oyster-shell reefs and populate them with the growing oysters.
Friday, April 4: Invasive Ornamental Plants in Florida
Dr. Sandra B. Wilson, PhD
Professor, Department of Environmental Horticulture
Indian River Research and Education Center
University of Florida
Dr. Wilson co-teaches a statewide web-based plant propagation course and directs the IRREC teaching gardens. Dr. Wilson has developed a web-based virtual plant identification interface to help students learn plant material and landscape principles in different seasons and geographic locations. In collaboration with several colleagues, Dr. Wilson's research focuses on characterizing the invasive potential of ornamental plants, propagation of native plants, developing organic-based medium components for containerized ornamentals, roadside use of native wildflowers, and enhanced commercial selection and micropropagation of sea oats genotypes for dune stabilization.