Alex Waters, Pre-College Program Coordinator for Duval​ County Schools


High School Students sampling with Lex Waters

(Below) Russell Brodie with Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission gave a brief overview on the Fisheries Independent Monitoring Program at Jacksonville University MSRI to visitors from Mandarin High School.


Mr. Lex Water's first Pre-College Program comes to the Marine Science Research Institute 9/3/2010
  • High school Marine and Environmental Education program with Duval County Public Schools
  • Students combine field work with laboratory experience to enhance classroom learning
  • Hands-on experience plus interaction within a college campus
  • Active-learning laboratory program to redirect potential dropouts toward school success​

Environmental Field Studi​es include:

I. Field Trip Sites: usually visit 2 sites per trip

  • Sister’s Creek (site of the Greater Jacksonville Kingfish Tournament)
  • Ft. George Inlet
  • Nassau Sound at Big Talbot Island State Park
  • Cedar Point
  • Hanna Park dune overwalk/beach ecosystem

II. Field Trip Preparation:

  • Lex Waters comes to the high school classes to do a 1-hour power point presentation of the sites that can be visited and the equipment the students will be using
  • Lex Waters will supply a copy of the worksheet of the power point to use as a pre-and post-assessment of the information

III. Optional Opportunities:

  • Ride the Mayport ferry across the St. Johns River (most students have never had this fun experience!)
  • Visit the Mayport Marine Science Education Center’s museum and wetlab
  • Follow-up lab work at Jacksonville University for plankton analysis
  • Lunch at JU’s student cafeteria (about $7.00) to get more of the “college campus experience”

IV. Field Trip Activities:

  • Pull seine, dip and plankton nets
  • Fish and invertebrate ID manuals supplied, as well as clipboards, pencils and data sheets
  • Perform and record water quality tests:
    • dissolved oxygen meter
    • pH meter
    • salinity
    • turbidity
    • temperature

V. Use Handheld Technology:

  • Students use GPS to learn how to incorporate new technology to accurately determine latitude/longitude and the tides
  • Determine meteorological conditions with a portable “weather meter”

VI. Data Interpretation:

  • Students take their recorded biotic and abiotic data and score the results to determine the “health” of the water they’ve sampled either as optional lab work at JU or at each school as a follow-up lab activity