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Various MSRI Research & Studies from the JU Dock:

Current Studies:

Daily MSRI Rain Water Totals JUN 2012 - Present  >   MSRI_Rain_Fall_Data_Sheet_Update.xlsMSRI_Rain_Fall_Data_Sheet_Update.xls

Weekly Salinity & Temperature DEC 2002 - Present >  JUDockTempandSalinity(1)(1)(1).xlsJUDockTempandSalinity(1)(1)(1).xls

Previous Studies:

Salinity Check & Fish Catches Summer 2012 >  Salinity Checks  2012.xlsxSalinity Checks 2012.xlsx

Daily MSRI Rain Water Totals APR 2009 - 2011  > MSRI_Rain_Fall_Data_Sheet_1xls.xlsMSRI_Rain_Fall_Data_Sheet_1xls.xls


A group of JU faculty and students recently attended a national marine science meeting in Savannah, Georgia called the "Benthic Ecology Meeting" on March 20-23, 2013. The yearly meeting is attended by premier researchers and undergraduate and graduate students from throughout the United States.  The JU team made a strong showing by presenting  three oral presentations and two posters.  The JU contingent to the meeting consisted of five undergraduate students (Jodi Coia,  Laura Wenke, Tayler Massey, Stephanie Shankle, Anna McClure), two graduate students (Justina Dacey, Kimberly Mann) and three faculty (Drs. Dan McCarthy, Lee Ann Clements, and Jeremy Stalker).





3rd Annual Florida Student Chapter of the Society for Marine Mammalogy Research Symposium.pdf3rd Annual Florida Student Chapter of the Society for Marine Mammalogy Research Symposium.pdf

  The Florida Student Chapter of the Society for Marine Mammalogy
(FSCSMM) has organized our third annual symposium to be held April
12-14 at the Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science in Miami, Florida. The FSCSMM’s
mission is to create a welcoming and supportive environment for
undergraduate and graduate students in the state of Florida and nearby
areas to discuss and foster their interests in the research and
conservation of marine mammals.  We strive to accomplish this goal
primarily by holding an annual symposium where students can present
their research, learn about fellow students’ research, and meet and
network with professionals working in the field of marine mammalogy.
We are planning a day of student presentations as well as panel and
round table discussions with marine mammal professionals.

  Please join us for this symposium and use it as a means to practice
giving oral presentations; to meet with other students and
professionals in the field who are available to answer your questions;
and to learn about what marine mammal research is ongoing here in

You can learn more by visiting our website:


Registration has been extended until April 1st.  Forms are available here:

BIG Things Happening with OCEARCH ~
See how our JU students are getting involved !












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Think It, Sink It, Reef It

Creating artificial reefs is complex and requires the coordinated efforts of many. The following are just a few items to be addr​essed:

  • Proper materials must be found, cleaned, and inspected.
  • Communication and involvement with several regulatory agencies.
  • Proper offshore locations must be found and vetted as a potential reef sites.
  • Proper services must be solicited for the various required logistics; material transportation, cleaning, etc.
  • Funding must be generated to cover all expenses.
  • Each project will present its own unique problems that must be addressed in a timely, efficient, and creative manner.
To ensure the sustainability of artificial reefs, TISIRI addresses such task with upmost organization and responsibility. We eagerly partner with community organizations to harness the value of extensive local knowledge and effort. Artificial Reef Creation is a monumental task and often not possible without extensive community involvement.
A large portion of our efforts is fundraising. Reef Building is an expensive task, and TISIRI has several programs designed to encourage contributions from individuals and the private sector. Our fundraising programs offer an unique marketing potential for patrons and our non-profit status may allow tax incentives for contributions.


Please take time to review our website to learn more:



Jacksonville Reef Research Team by Lawrence Davis​

Below is a video clip of Dr. Quinton White on the JRRT 25th dinner held October 8th.
Click link below to view it:​932d676a82dd418/ (No Longer Valid)


Galapagos Islands Trip July 20 to August 8 with JU Alumni

Craig Allen, Alumni;  Dr. Ted Allen- Professor Emeritus; Rachel Rhode, JU Student; Emma Fowler, JU Student; Susan White, Alumni; Dr. Quinton White, Professor; Al Fenedick, Alumni; Kayla Brown, JU Student; Sara Schunter, JU Student

Galapagos Islands July 29 to August 8 


Alumni Bill Roberts, Judy Ellerbe Spillert, Meg Ripley, Melissa Davis Phillips, Margaret Nelson Murphy and Dr. Quinton White



Wetland Monitoring Project

Below are the first presentations from Dr. Nisse Goldberg Wetland Monitoring Project.
Dr. Dan McCarthy - Director, Marine Science Program and his Ichthyology class (FALL 2010). Dr. McCarthy has been conducting these yearly trips for the past 6-years.
The purpose of this class trip was to give students in field experience at conducting fish counts. They used these methods to compare fish communities on mangrove, sea grass hard bottom and coral reef habitats. The coral reef they visited was Looe Key…one of the premier reefs in the Florida Keys.
The class used the dormitories and lab facilities at the Mote Marine Laboratory at Summerland Key (close to Key West).  While there, they learned about research going on at the lab such as the coral transplant program. They also visited Bahia State Park.

Dr. Dan McCarthy's Ichthyology Class (FALL 2010)
Students in attendance: Denise Lafrance, Allen Grimes, Jenna Manis, Logan Wood, Ashley Lave, Anthony Flock, Sam Dixie,
                                  Shanda Larsen, Amy Hulsey, Camielle Lonergan

The Marine Science Institute (MSRI) is responsible for cutting-edge research on the health and status of the St. Johns River and marine ecosystems. Major projects coordinated through The Institute include Fisheries Independent Monitoring Program (this program provides data for The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission and other fisheries managers to regulating Florida’s biological resources), The River Report Card Project is an ongoing collaborative effort by Jacksonville University and University of North Florida to assess he​alth and status indicators from water chemistry and habitat to endangered and threatened species of the St. Johns River, ongoing Manatee Protection Planning and River Status Reports consist of monthly updates to the City of Jacksonville Waterways Commission on many issues arising on County waterways, including off shore waters, from dredging to reef restoration,  High School Marine & Environmental Education Program (Duval County Public Schools) and The Department of Marine Science and its Ongoing Research Opportunities.
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