Marine Science Research Institute

Video Transcript

I'm Christina LoBuglio, I'm a graduate assistant at Jacksonville University, assisting in the OCEARCH JU partnership. We're currently in Nova Scotia fishing for some great white sharks.

The OCEARCH JU partnership involves OCEARCH leveraging our professors and students for scientific research and allows JU to use OCEARCH as a platform for practical fieldwork.

We just got word that there's a shark hooked up so we're moving the lift over, and we're getting ready to do our work up.

I think it's a great partnership. It allows students to have that practical real-world field experience and it allows our professors to come out and do the research that they want to do in order to help scientific community.

I am super excited about the future of this partnership and what we can gain from it. We can continue doing scientific research so that we can help protect our oceans and the future of our planet, and allow other students to get the experience that they need.

Overall Project

The Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certified Marine Science Research Institute is part of a planned complex focusing on the St. Johns River. The goal of the university in establishing the new institute is to provide a premier biological and environmental research and education facility for undergraduate students, graduate students and faculty. The institute will partner with area schools, both public and private, to offer educational opportunities focused on marine environmental sciences to pre-college students. The MSRI houses the St. Johns Riverkeeper, the Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission Northeastern Fisheries Laboratory, the Millar Wilson Laboratory for Environmental Chemistry and OCEARCH.

The Institute serves as an on-campus learning community providing research opportunities for JU students, visiting high school and college students, scholars, scientists and engineers engaged in research involving local, state, and national ecosystems. All these individuals and groups are afforded opportunities for hands-on research on environmental and ecological issues confronting the St. Johns River as well as gathering information on the life, history and current condition of the river itself. Since the St. Johns, the adjacent wetlands and the nearby Atlantic coastal waters share a kinship of environmental science concerns and issues with similar ecosystems nationwide, the knowledge gained from the research work accomplished at JU will have a national benefit. 

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