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Inaugural Sh.O.R.E. Event

May 6th, 2015 | Category: MDC News

News Release

Researchers, Students Prepare For Inaugural Sh.O.R.E. Event

Sharing Our Research with Everyone

Sharing Our Research with Everyone

NEW SMYRNA BEACH, Fla., May 6, 2015 – High school and college science students will have a chance this fall to join professional scientists in presenting information to the public about their research on the Indian River Lagoon (IRL).

The event, called Sh.O.R.E – Sharing Our Research with Everyone – will be held Friday, November 6, at the News-Journal Center of Daytona State College, located at 221 N. Beach Street in Daytona Beach. The program will be an all-day event.

Students and professional researchers will share current scientific findings and management strategies for the Indian River Lagoon. The IRL is recognized as the most diverse estuary in North America and spans 156 miles across Volusia, Brevard, Indian River, St. Lucie and Palm Beach counties.

The event is open to the public and will help citizens understand what they can do to improve their lagoon.

“High school seniors and college undergraduates are highly capable of performing good science, but often lack the opportunity to communicate their findings,” said Dr. Debra Woodall, director of the Institute of Marine and Environmental Studies (IMES) at Daytona State College. “ShORE is an opportunity for them to do that, as well as to engage in a conversation with professional researchers and the public.”

Woodall, a professor of oceanography, says the event evolved because she has found her students eager to talk about their research, while also finding the communities surrounding the IRL to be “very passionate” about protecting the lagoon.

“We want to hear what the community has to say because we believe they will provide the support and encouragement our students need to continue their research,” added Woodall. “These students are the scientists of the future and you have to engage them now. This is both a scientific event and a community event.”

For the last two years, a similar event has been staged by the Marine Discovery Center in New Smyrna Beach as the Indian River Lagoon Forum, which brought together top scientists throughout the state to explain various aspects of the lagoon’s health to the public. Topics have ranged from algae blooms and sea grass loss to unusual mortality events (UMEs) involving dolphins and manatees.

“The first and second IRL Forums were very successful and well-attended events, but we thought it was time to expand the event to include budding scientists and a broader community base,” said Annie Roddenberry of the Marine Discovery Center’s decision to partner with IMES this year.

“We want scientists and students to share their research and ideas and to establish new relationships that can enhance their work,” she added. “And as in the previous two events, we want to provide citizens with a better understanding of what’s happening in the lagoon and how they can help maintain a healthier ecosystem.”

Invitation letters have been sent to high school and college environmental program leaders along the Indian River Lagoon to pre-register for the event. Preregistration is required.

The event is free and is co-presented by the Marine Discovery Center, the Institute of Marine and Environmental Studies at Daytona State College, and the Florida section of the American Water Resources Association.

For more information about Sh.O.R.E. and to register, visit www.daytonastate.edu/shore.

Contact: Dr. Debra Woodall at shore@daytonastate.edu, Annie Roddenberry at annie@marinediscoverycenter.org or at 386-428-4828. For all other media questions, contact lisa@marinediscoverycenter.org.