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Sh.O.R.E. Symposium 2016

Aug 31st, 2016 | Category: Announcements, MDC News

Second Annual Sh.O.R.E. Symposium Set For September 23


NEW SMYRNA BEACH, Fla., Aug. 31, 2016 – The Marine Discovery Center and Daytona State College will again host Sh.O.R.E. – Sharing Our Research with Everyone — an annual symposium designed to address current issues and research relating to the Indian River Lagoon (IRL).

The second annual, all-day event will be held Friday, Sept. 23, at the Brannon Civic Center at 105 South Riverside Drive in New Smyrna Beach. The event will open at 9:30 a.m., with the first session starting at 10 a.m. Sessions will run through late afternoon.

High school students and college undergraduates will have a chance to join science professionals in presenting information to the public about their research, current scientific findings and management strategies for the Indian River Lagoon.

“There are currently many environmental concerns in the lagoon and it’s important that we engage all of the stakeholders and work together to solve the issues we face,” said Dr. Debra Woodall, director of the Institute of Marine and Environmental Studies (IMES) at Daytona State College.

“What we’re doing at Sh.O.R.E is not just a scientific effort, but also an educational effort,” added Woodall, assistant department chair of DSC’s school of biological and physical sciences. “It’s important that we engage the community and educate them about what they can do to help restore this valuable environmental and economic resource.”

This year’s topics will range from algae blooms and sea grass updates to oysters, microplastics, muck management and water quality.

“We have the top scientists in their fields presenting their research on our Indian River Lagoon,” said Mallory Brooks, Project H2O Coordinator, based at MDC. “The information that will be presented is geared for the public. If you care about the lagoon, you should plan to attend this event.”

This year’s keynote speaker will be George Burgess of the Florida Museum of Natural History, discussing his topic, “Shark Attack vs. Human Attack: A Perspective.”

Other speakers for Sh.O.R.E. include: Dr. Duane DeFreese, executive director of the IRL Council and IRL National Estuary Program;  Dr. Margi Lasi, Lori Morris, William Tredik and Dr. Chuck Jacoby of the St. Johns River Water Management District; Dr. Linda Walters of the University of Central Florida; Dr. Brian Lapointe of Florida Atlantic University; Dr. Maia McGuire of Florida Sea Grant; Virginia Barker of Brevard County Natural Resources Management; Shailesh Patel of Dredging and Marine Consultants; and Clay Henderson of Stetson University.

A highlight of the event will be a panel discussion, which allows the public to engage with members of the IRL Council as they explore the current challenges in the lagoon.

Invitation letters have been sent to high school and college environmental program leaders along the Indian River Lagoon to pre-register for the event. Student preregistration is still encouraged by the deadline of September 2. Students will compete for cash prizes in both oral and poster presentations at the event.

The Sh.O.R.E. event is free to the public, but preregistration is required by those attending the event. For more information and to preregister, visit www.DaytonaState.edu/ShORE. Online preregistration deadline is Sept. 21.

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