JU Undergrads assiting Dr. Quinton White with the Mayport Elementary School Open House on September 19, 2013


The National Park Service, Timucuan Ecological and Historic Preserve and the

Timucuan Trail Parks Foundation Award Research Grants to Two Area Students


Jacksonville, FL (June 10, 2013) – The National Park Service and its official Friends Group, the Timucuan Trail Parks Foundation, are proud to announce the first two recipients of $500 research grants from the “Timucuan Preserve Student Research Grant Program,” which was newly established through sponsorships at the 2nd annual “Timucuan Science & History Symposium” held in January 2013. This past year’s sponsors were the Jacksonville University’s Marine Science Research Institute; the University of North Florida President John Delaney; and the University of North Florida’s Office of Research and Sponsored Programs.


To qualify, applicants had to be currently enrolled as undergraduate or graduate students and submit research project proposals. The purpose of the grant is to provide the student with financial support while conducting research.  The two recipients are Ms. Lisa Rowan, Department of Biology, University of North Florida and Ms. Katherine Kara, Department of Biology and Marine Science, Jacksonville University. The final research report must be completed by December 31, 2013, and the students will present their work at the 3rd Annual “Timucuan Science and History Symposium” on January 24, 2014.


See more details in this Press Release ~ Press Release - 2013 Awardees.docPress Release - 2013 Awardees.doc



Jacksonville University and TISIRI were invited to participate and speak at the release of the “The Last Reef” IMAX film at World Golf Village this past weekend. The film provides some amazing imagery of coral reefs around the while also pointing out how these fragile ecosystems are in jeopardy.
TISIRI’s Joe Kistel introduced each showing of “The Last Reef” providing insight to local marine conservation efforts here in north Florida. See a condensed version of Kistel’s IMAX presentation below. Keep an eye out for the GIANT IMAX triggerfish. (Clip)

Jacksonville University students and Dr. Quinton White discussed local marine efforts with IMAX patrons and Action News reporter Amanda Warford. See pictures of the event on website mentioned above.


MSRI Student Workers ~ Summer Gagel, Brett Durda and Ciarra Slater showing Captain Chris Rooney's grandson the touch tank that FWCC setup for Don Dingman's "Hook the Future" Fishing Clinic on Sunday, January 27, 2013.



         Jacksonville R
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Kingfish Tournament

The BellSouth Greater Jacksonville Kingfish Tournament, held each year in July, is the largest kingfish tournament in the country. JU students have the opportunity to be trained to assist during the tournament by weighing the kingfish, validating the freshness of the catch, and performing standard morphological measurements. These data are used to better understand the population size structure of kingfish utilizing Northeast Florida's coast.

Annual Coastal Cleanup

During the third Saturday in September, volunteers from Jacksonville University gather at local beaches to participate in the Ocean Conservancy's International Coastal Cleanup™ (ICC). During this event, students and faculty pick up trash and record valuable information about the amounts, types, and sources of debris found. 


Community Service​

The faculty, staff, and students of Jacksonville University are proud to be a productive and integral part of their local community in Northeast Florida. Each JU student devotes 25 hours of volunteer time to community service. Service activities include volunteering at local schools, participating in shoreline cleanups, providing support at local fishing tournaments, teaching during Girls Inc. summer camps at JU, and supplying exhibits and assistance at local festivals.​

Environmental conservation Organization (ECO)

A Student run organization based on environmental conservation that focuses on education and conservation of ecosystems. This Biology and Marine Science group is to help get students with like interests in the fifeld together for fun, opportunity, and community service. It is open to non-biology majors with interest in this area as well. Trips have been taken to the Jacksonville Zoo, participated in numerous beach cleanups, worked at the Right Whale Festival, and had potluck movie dinners, just to name a few past events. We welcome any new members and ideas. 


Student Oceanic Society (SOS)​

Most marine science students become involved in the Student Oceanic Society (SOS). SOS is an active organization that sponsors the Traveling Tidepool, a collection of living marine invertebrates that are taken to elementary and middle-school classrooms. The organization also assists in annual shoreline and campus cleanup activities, exhibits at the Jacksonville Earth Day celebration, and provides judges for local science fairs.​


GoGreen_logos_small[1].jpgIf you are interested in helping to reduce use of resources and costs at JU, or in your division, department or organization, you are invited to become a member of the Green Team.  Whether you are an administrator, faculty, adjunct, staff or student, you can serve as a Green Team member.  As a member of the Green Team, you will act as a representative and liaison on the JU campus for continuing efforts to develop a sustainable university.



This endeavor is fostered by the individual efforts of the team members within their affiliated areas, as well as group efforts campus-wide.  It is the ultimate goal of the Green Team to develop strategies for campus-wide reduction of resource use and waste production by "Reduce, Reuse & Recycle" in an effort to find sustainable solutions to our most consuming problems.  We also hope the team will help generate new ideas, establish partnerships and share information about sustainable research and practices with the campus community.


More specifically, the Green Team: Represents the Sustainability Committee and its activities to a designated group of peers/colleagues 
* Provides feedback to the Green Team Executive Committee, Sustainability Committee and President 
* Maintains, promotes and implements programs within the university and community 
* Provides information and cooperation campus-wide Click here to email Go Green