25 years of Cheetah Conservation
Dr. Laurie Marker
Founder and Executive Director, Cheetah Conservation Fund
April 27
Meet and greet reception: 5:30-6:30, $40...
Presentation: 6:30-7:30, free
Book signing: 7:30-8:00
HIcks Auditorium, Main Library
303 N. Laura St.

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Turtle Nesting Internship - International Internships LLC
This exciting summer internship gives Marine Science students the rare opportunity to do hands-on work in marine conservation and turtle and seabird research. Interns will work directly under the supervision of a research professional and participate in:
reading crawls and verifying nests
moving nests...
nest marking protocol
nest excavations after hatch
Interns are expected to work from sunrise to 10am (to avoid the heat!) and 5-7pm for optional seabird research. Nesting season begins May 1st through September 15th (depending on turtle activity). Host organization is looking for 4 interns, preferably 2 male, 2 female.
To apply, please send your Resume and Cover Letter to International Internships LLC at: Telephone interviews with the project coordinator will be scheduled ASAP.
Cover Letter describing your aptitude for the position
Availability (flexible start and end date)
Interest in Marine Biology
Health Insurance
Payment of $150 agency placement fee (if selected)
Location: Knight Island (Palm Island), Englewood, FL
Internship is unpaid, shared housing is provided

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One Heart Source is currently accepting applications for our 2016 Volunteer Programs. We are offering a variety of 1, 2, and 4 week programs in Jamaica and South Africa this summer!

As an OHS Volunteer you will:
• Develop the international experience graduate schools and employers look for
• Gain skills in academic tutoring, international communication, and community outreach...
• Mentor students to realize academic growth and cultivate lifelong relationships
• Partner with local communities to experience a global perspective
• Connect to an international network desiging global uplift
Apply here for our Volunteer Programs:…
Next Application Deadline: April 15
For more info:

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The BRCHS distinguished lecture is April 11 by Dr. Sallis who is leading the global movement to formally designate exercise as medicine. Dr. Robert Sallis is the world’s foremost authority on this topic. He is a family physician practicing at Kaiser Permanente Medical Center in Fontana, California, where he serves as Co-Director of their Sports Medicine Fellowship program.

JU is one of only two colleges in Florida, and one of only 71 campuses in the country to be designated as a Exercise as Medicine campus.

We would love to have you, your faculty, and students attend Dr. Sallis’s talk. The talk will take place on April 11 from 5-6:30 p.m., is free to attend, and offers continuing education unit.

Wildlife Biologist
Florida Panther/Ten Thousand Islands NWR
Naples, FL


Open: 03/16/16 Close: 03/29/16

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No PCS/moving benefits are authorized. This Wildlife Biologist position is located within the Florida Panther and Ten Thousand Islands National Wildlife Refuges in Naples, Florida. NOTE: This is a TERM position. At management's discretion, this appointment may be extended up to the 4-year limit. Thi…

Mote Marine Laboratory will offer a live Google Hangout with scientist aboard the OCEARCH on Wednesday, March 23, 2016 from 11:30 am-12:30pm ET.

This program is a live, two-way interactive program focused on shark behavior research at Mote Marine Laboratory. Participants will learn how and why Mote Marine Laboratory studies these animals. Participants will discuss shark research at Mote Marine Laboratory and Aquarium. Participants will discover why sharks are important to the... ocean ecosystem and what humans can do to help conserve and protect sharks. Participants will have the opportunity to ask questions with our Ocean Experts, Dr. Bob Hueter, Associate Vice President for Research at Mote, and Dr. Heather Marshall, a staff scientist in Mote's Behavioral Ecology & Physiology program. Experts from OCEARCH will also be on hand to discuss the innovative technology and research available on the vessel.

Schools and and other education-focused groups are invited to make a Google Hangout session an interactive experience with the ability to ask questions via chat or video. Recommended for ages 11-18; grades 6-12+.

Sign up your education group to make your #ExpeditionJAX experience fully interactive.

Go to SeaTrek.TV/live for all the details.
Kasey Gaylord-Opalewski
Digital Learning Coordinator/ SeaTrek Educator
Mote Marine Laboratory

Phone: (941) 388-4441 ext. 263

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SeaTrek.TV digital education programs and exhibits at Mote Marine Laboratory. Our live, interactive STEM programming features real scientist doing research.

A Special Presentation by Chris Fischer, OCEARCH Founding Chairman and Expedition Leader

MSRI 243/244
Monday, March 14 at 5 pm


Join us for a special presentation by OCEARCH Founding Chairman and Expedition Leader Chris Fischer on Monday, March 14 at 5pm. Hear firsthand from Chris about OCEARCH's 24th research expedition, where more than 10 collaborating scientists will have a hands-on opportunity to study white sharks off the coast of Jacksonville FL and Cumberland Island, GA. He will highlight key factors for their success, including a multi-disciplined data-driven approach, inclusion, collaboration and most importantly – the means to engage future generations of scientists.

A recognized world leader in generating critical scientific data related to tracking (telemetry) and biological studies of keystone marine species such as great white sharks, OCEARCH shares real-time data through their Global Shark Tracker, inspires current and future generations of explorers, scientists, and stewards of the ocean, and enables leading researchers and institutions to generate previously unattainable data.

OCEARCH captivates followers and has brought the conservation of important apex predators to the forefront. The global reach of OCEARCH and regional collaboration with researchers is changing the conversation about sharks for the better. Education initiatives by OCEARCH allow students to utilize tracking data to learn STEM skills while increasing awareness of the need for conservation of our oceanic resources.

At the conclusion of the presentation, Chris will conduct a meet and greet. Don’t miss this unique JU opportunity to ask questions about unprecedented open-sourced research around the world, and in our backyard.

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One week from today (on 3/16) the Career Resource Center (CRC) will host the annual JU Career Expo from 11:00 am until 2:00 pm in Historic Swisher Gymnasium. We expect approximately 65 companies/organizations to participate in the Career Expo. These participants will be recruiting our students for full-time opportunities as well as internships. Many of the recruiters will be here as early as 9:00 am to set up and enjoy a continental breakfast sponsored by University Advanc...ement. We invite you to stop by Historic Swisher Gymnasium and say hello to any recruiters you wish to meet.
Adecco Group
Jacksonville University
American Red Cross
AXA Advisors, LLC
LA-Z-BOY Furniture Galleries
Bank of America Merrill Lynch
Marineland Dolphin Adventure
Baptist Health
Meridian Behavioral Healthcare
Black Knight Financial Services
Museum of Science and History
Boat America Corporation
New Beginnings High School
Broward County Public Schools
North Florida Financial Corporation
Cape Air
Northwestern Mutual
Cash America
Orange County Public Schools
City of Jacksonville
Peace Corps
City Year Jacksonville
Pepsi Beverages Group
Coastal Construction Products
PLS Logistics Services
College of Pharmacy
Polk County Schools
CSX Transportation
Polk County Sheriff's Office
Delores Barr Weaver Policy Center
Prudential Financial
Deutsche Bank
Duval County Public Schools
Southeastern Grocers
Endeavor Air
St. Johns County School District
Enterprise Holdings
St. Vincent's Health System
Envoy Airlines
State Farm Insurance, Wellington Hawkins, Agent
Ernst & Young
Stetson University (DeLand)
ExpressJet Airlines
The Scott-McRae Group
Family Heritage
TMM, Inc.
Fidelity Investments
Total Quality Logistics
UNF International Business Flagship Program
Waffle House, Inc.
Gannon University
GE Capital
Jacksonville Jaguars
Werner Enterprises
Jacksonville Sheriff's Office
YMCA of Florida's First Coast

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At the University of Florida, College of Veterinary Medicine we are offering a few exciting online undergraduate courses in the upcoming Summer and Fall semesters that are specifically geared towards students interested in Veterinary Medicine. Students at other Colleges and Universities can sign up for these classes.

Summer Semester
The Dog is an online course (3 credits) specifically designed for undergraduate students interested in learning more about dogs, especially t...

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Friday 4/8
Generation W, a women’s leadership conference, is a generation of women who care deeply about the world in which they live, who are seeking knowledge, desire self improvement and are motivated to make a difference in their communities, their country and their world. The organizer has offered discount for our students.

Join us on Friday, April 8th, as GENERATION W celebrates it’s 5th annual signature event at the University of North Florida. Leaders and experts from around the country gather for an energizing day that will challenge our thinking, inspire our spirits, and connect our worlds. This is an event tha…

See Dr. White if interested:

I wanted to reach out to you to discuss a project that is in the works and might be a quick start date. We are working with the Jacksonville Zoo to offer daily dolphin tours leaving from the Zoo dock. We plan to use our 50 pax boat on weekdays and likely one of our 100 pax boats on weekends. The trips will be 30 minutes in length and I'm anticipating offering five tours/day starting in March. We will hire a captain specifically for this projec...t and we will want a mate that can also serve as a tour leader. The mate would be expected to follow a script that I would provide. I will develop the script with the Zoo, but I anticipate there will be a strong conservation focus. I thought this would be an ideal internship opportunity for a JU student - likely two. I've attached a draft of our proposal to the Zoo.

Below are some of the core responsibilities of the student/first mate:
• Personable and comfortable speaking to large groups
• Dependable! MUST show up for work on time each shift - two students may work together but early coordination and approval of shifts is required
• Follow script for each tour - will be required to use a PA system
• Answer customer questions as needed
• Follow captain instructions related to boat operation - tying up the boat for each dockage and placing signage
• Background and interest in Marine Bio would be helpful
• Be prepared to join our Maritime Consortium and submit to random drug testing - clean background check
• Clean boat after each tour - to include daily head maintenance and wipe down for sanitation
• Submit timesheets online on a regular basis
• Update Facebook page and social media on a regular basis for marketing/promotional purposes adding photos as appropriate
• Distribute flyers/brochures to guests
• Check wristbands as guests board
• Assist with strollers and special needs
• Arrive promptly each day - must be on boat ready to go by at least 11:15 daily
• Assist with special tours as required

This is a new venture and will be a paid internship opportunity - $10/hour. I anticipate the hours will be as follows:
Monday - Friday - 11:15 - 4:15 - five hours daily

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I wanted to reach out as we are hosting a one-day marine science symposium here at the campus on April 16th, 2016. It will include oral presentation sessions, a poster session, and 2 plenary talks (one given by Jean-Michel Cousteau). There will also be a career workshop for students. Our focus is on undergraduate and graduate research but anyone is welcome to present. Registration is free and open to the public with lunch included.

The website for registration and a call ...for abstracts is live at Registration is open up until the meeting and abstracts are due by mid-March. As I mentioned, it’s free so if you, any others in your department, or your students wanted to present that’d be great. Maybe it could be a practice run for a national meeting or just something you wanted to get out or a poster you have sitting around. Or if you have some students that would just want to come check it out, listen to some talks, meet Cousteau, and get a free lunch, that’d be great too. If you or your colleagues have further questions the symposium email is or you could always just email me. Thanks for the time. I’ll attach a flyer if you’d want to hang it up in your department.


Bryan R. Franks, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Department of Biology
Lakeland, FL 33801

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Title: Marine Science Instructor/Counselor
Work Dates: May - August 2016
Location: Awendaw, SC (20 miles from Charleston)

To lead, instruct, and supervise campers (ages 8-16) in all areas of Marine Science Curriculum and perform duties that are required by the Camp Director. The camp runs out of a coastal area in South Carolina. It has direct access to the Intracoastal Waterway and we take trips out to a barrier island for nature hikes and marine studies. During the week, trips are made to aquariums, water parks, environmental education centers, and creeks for kayaking. At camp we take the campers into the salt marsh, crabbing, cast netting, as well as study dolphins and turtles. Various large and small group games are also led throughout the week. You can take a look at our camp by going to our website at

Principle Duties:
• Teach all components of the Marine Science Curriculum (training provided).
• Lead students in daily program classes and activities (group games, team building, wake-up, meals, canteen, campfire, and rap-up).
• Be actively involved in all program activities, leading and participating in evening recreational and instructional times as scheduled.
• Assist with routine clean-up.
• Set-up and maintenance of site and program areas.
• Perform direct supervision of children while involved in classes and activities (on- and off-site).
• Perform camp counselor duties including staying and attending to campers over night while they are at camp.

• Pursuing a BA or BS in Marine Science, Biology, Wildlife and Fisheries Biology, Parks and Recreation, or related field is preferred but not necessary to apply (applies to Juniors, Seniors, and College Graduates.)
• Residential camp experience preferred.
• Must have the patience, understanding, flexibility, and energy to work and live with campers and staff.
• Must demonstrate teaching skills and the ability to implement creative “hands-on” teaching methods.
• Must be willing to sacrifice, adapt, and work hard as part of a team pursuing one common goal and objective.

$440 - $580 twice a month plus room and board and a sickness/accidental insurance plan.

If you are interested in the position please send your resume and three professional references to Candice Heatherly at

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Camp Sewee is an affordable marine science summer camp in Charleston SC for kids and teens. Accredited. See photos and read parent reviews.

You are being given a special opportunity to attend a private session with Ken Burns when he is on campus to receive the Global Citizen Award on Tuesday, 9 February. The session will occur from 1pm to 1:30pm but you should plan to arrive in Terry Concert Hall at 12:30 to make sure you get a seat. At 1:30pm, Mr. Burns will move over to Swisher Theater to present his most recent films that will be released in the next year. You will stay in Terry because a video feed will sh...ow everything that he does in Swisher. That event will end at 2:30pm. This is a University sanctioned event, so you will be granted an excused absence from any class you may have during that time. Here is the link for you to register for the event in order to secure your place in the hall:

You’ve been invited to attend the event: Global Citizenship Award , which is taking place from Tuesday, February 9, 11:30 AM to 2:30 PM. You can read more details about the event here:…/Global…/calendar/details/838621

When you go to the site, it will state that the event is from 11:30 to 2:30. However, you will be registering for the 1-1:30pm session only.

If you are unfamiliar with Ken Burns, please go to the following web site:

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The second annual Global Citizen Award will honor acclaimed Documentary Filmmaker, Director & Producer, Mr. Ken Burns. The event will include a discussion of the remarkable work of Mr. Burns and preview of his upcoming films. Seating is limited, please RSVP as soon as possible. RSVP'd guests will be…

ECO/SOS's annual silent auction and dinner (Feb 11th). This year will feature all you can eat tacos for $5 and lots of goodies to bid on in the auction.

University of North Florida’s (UNF’s) Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) Program. This is the third year of a new program that offers research-training opportunities in Coastal Biology to undergraduates. We particularly encourage young students with minimal experience in research (sophomore-level) to apply to our program!
Applications are due 3/20

We have research funds available to help support faculty, undergraduate and graduate research. Proposal are due March 1st and you will be notified by April 1st of the results.

See Dr. White if interested.