The Marine Discovery Center’s October online lecture will focus on “Exploring Seahorse Research at Bethune-Cookman University.”
The online presentation is set for Thursday, Oct. 15, at 7 p.m. Eastern.
Guest speaker for this webinar will be Dr. Sarah Krejci, assistant professor of biology and integrated environmental science at Bethune Cookman University in Daytona Beach.
Seahorses are a unique group of fish which have captivated generations of people around the world. However, their wild populations are facing threats from habitat loss, collection for the aquarium and curio trades and climate change.
Krejci and her students conduct research on laboratory and field populations of seahorses and their relatives, the pipefish, to illustrate the impacts that humans have on coastal ecosystems. Krejci will share highlights of their studies, including photos and videos of their recent conjoined seahorse twins that were born in the university’s lab.
This lecture will introduce webinar attendees to the details of seahorse biology and ecology and students’ research projects from Bethune-Cookman University, one of 101 historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) in America.
Krejci will also discuss the importance of training diverse researchers, as well as the barriers that racism presents for black students in science by sharing their stories and future aspirations.
Register online today! The program is free, but participants must set up a personal Zoom account to access the webinar.
MDC will continue to offer programs online during COVID-19 precautions for the remainder of 2020. These programs are free but donations are always appreciated.