Environmental Science News


2021 Environmental Science Virtual Retreat features Dr. Jacob Berkowitz and ES student research


Dr. Jacob Berkowitz, senior soil scientist and team leader for wetlands research at the US Army Engineer Research and Development Center presented his keynote talk, The US Army Corps of Engineers and natural resource management: Emerging trends in environmental science and opportunities for student engagement at the 2021 ES Retreat. His talk was followed by a panel discussion engaging students and a diverse panel of professionals from private industry, government and academia. 

During the morning "virtual" poster session from 9:00-12:30, ES students presented their research, and winning presenters received funding for participation in a professional conference or membership in a professional organization. 

FPL hires FAU student interns at Manatee Lagoon

Since 2015, the Environmental Science Program has sponsored the successful and popular Manatee Masters Program in partnership with FPL at the Manatee Lagoon in Riviera Beach. This program hires and trains FAU students to become manatee experts who educate the public about manatees and the Lake Worth Lagoon.

Manatees have gathered at Florida Power and Light's Riviera Beach power plant in winter since the 1940s, seeking warmth when water temperatures dip below 68 degrees. In 2016 FPL opened the Manatee Lagoon for the public to watch the sea cows in action. FPL's Manatee CAM also allows the public to watch the manatees that gather at the Lagoon in winter.

Each semester, FPL hosts information sessions for prospective interns and announces a due date for applications. Students submit their resume and application through FAU's HANDSHAKE , and FPL interviews qualified candidates at FAU. 



Charles E. Roberts Research Awards Presented at Annual Environmental Science Retreat

The Environmental Science Program held it's 2020 Annual Student and Faculty Retreat, highlighting ES student research, on April 28. This virtual event marked the 30th anniversary of the ES Program at FAU. 

The 2020 winner of the Charles E. Roberts Environmental Science Research Award for the Second Year Student category was Ivana Serra (advisor Sarah Milton) for her talk “Assessing the Effects of Incubation Temperature on the Cognitive Ability of Loggerhead, Caretta caretta, Turtles”.

The winner of the 2020 Charles E. Roberts Environmental Science Research Award for the First Year Student category was Lilybeth Moreno (advisor Colin Hughes) for her talk “Conservation of the Florida Burrowing Owl in Urban Areas”.

The top scoring presenter in the second-year category will receive up to $500 in support for participation in a conference and the top scoring presenter in the first-year category will receive up to $50 for a one-year membership in a professional society.

ES Student Studies Diamondback Terrapins in the Indian River Lagoon

ES student Jeffrey Herr presented his research on the diamondback terrapin at the Indian River Lagoon Symposium. Find out more about his study HERE.  

ES students present their work at the 2019 Annual Environmental Science Retreat

Dr. Alan Wilson was the keynote speaker at the Annual Environmental Science Retreat in 2019. Dr. Wilson, an Associate Professor in the School of Fisheries, Aquaculture and Aquatic Sciences at Auburn University, is a former program director at the National Science Foundation. He has published over 50 papers in the past 16 years on cyanobacteria and trophic interactions in freshwater and he serves on the editorial boards of both Nature Scientific Reports and Harmful Algae. Among numerous research awards and honors, he also teaches an effective graduate-level meta-analysis course and maintains a highly active undergraduate research program, including an NSF-funded Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) program at Auburn. 



ES students presented their research and discussed their work with faculty, fellow students and community professionals during a lively poster session held in the Great Hall of the Marleen and Harold Forkas Alumni Center on the Boca Raton campus. The Charles E. Roberts Environmental Science Student Research Awards were presented for two categories,  thesis research awardees receive $500 toward travel to a scientific conference and thesis proposal awardees receive $50 toward membership in a professional society.  Tasso Cocoves received an award for his thesis poster "Importance of Freshwater Prey for Nesting White Ibis in Southern Florida Wetlands" and Jacquelyn Evans received an award for her thesis poster "Effects of Disruption of the Seasonal Drying Pattern on the Physical Condition and Survival of Small Heron Nestlings". Danielle Drumheller and Andrew Medhurst received awards for their thesis proposal posters.