The GTM Research Reserve will hold its annual State of the Reserve symposium on Friday, February 3, 2017, co-sponsored by the Friends of the GTM Reserve and UNF Coastal and Marine Biology Flagship Program. This year's theme, "Working Waters", will highlight projects within the reserve that showcase not only the services that the waters provide including filtration, buffering, habitats, migratory routes, and nursery, but also how we can work with the waters through living shorelines, water quality, restoration, low-impact design, and more! There will be a portion of the symposium that will highlight impacts of storms including Hurricane Matthew.
Due to the overwhelming success of last years morning sessions, this year will continue to be expanded to provide a wider variety of programs. The traditional science symposium with oral presentations about the technical research conducted at the reserve will take place in the afternoon, followed by a poster session and reception hosted by the Friends of the GTM Reserve.
Similar to last year, there will be FIVE citizen science-based workshops geared to anyone of any age with an interest in nature and ecology. These will take place in the morning of February 3rd. The topics, descriptions and exact times are listed below.
State of the Reserve Agenda
All programs are free, unless otherwise noted.
8:30 a.m.- 10:00 a.m.
The following 2 citizen science workshops will take place concurrently
Living Shorelines: Northeast Florida Aquatic Preserves Manager, Andrea Noel, will share the importance of living shorelines in coastal communities such as estuarine coasts, bays, and tributaries. Noel will share techniques that can be easily used on your coast. Learn from the Northeast Florida Aquatic Preserves successes and failures. The workshop will also include a visit to the GTM Research Reserve's Living Shoreline Demonstration Site where you will see four different techniques in the water!
FPAN Heritage Monitoring Scouts: Along Florida’s 8,000 miles of shoreline, nearly 4,000 archaeological sites and over 600 recorded historic cemeteries are at risk from coastal erosion and rising sea levels. The Florida Public Archaeology Network (FPAN) started the Heritage Monitoring Scouts program (HMS Florida) to help track and prepare for these climate change impacts by engaging the public to monitor cultural resources. Data collected from the sites includes verifying basic site information, assessing overall conditions, and recording the types of threats each site faces. Join Emily Jane Murray, FPAN Public Archaeology Coordinator, to learn how to become a Scout and some techniques for identifying pre-historic pottery, historic ceramics, glass, and more!
9:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Family Fishing Clinic: The Family Fishing Clinic is an educational event for kids ages 5-15 (and parents). One of the main goals for the Family Fishing Clinic is to create responsible marine resource stewards by teaching children the vulnerability of Florida's marine ecosystems. In addition, we hope to teach fundamental saltwater fishing skills and to provide kids with a positive fishing experience. You must provide proof (at the time of the class) of a valid saltwater fishing license. ADDITIONAL DETAILS FOR FISHING CLINIC ARE AT THE BOTTOM OF THIS EVENT.
10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
The following 2 citizen science workshops will take place concurrently
Oyster Gardening: This community-based oyster gardening program engages local citizens to learn about estuarine ecology and participate in environmental restoration by growing oysters at their docks to be used in regional restoration efforts. Similar programs have proven to be very successful in other Florida coastal counties, as well as other states. Learn from University of Florida Whitney Laboratory for Marine Bioscience Research Scientist, Jose Nunez, on how to become an oyster gardener.
Macrophotography: Photographing Small Subjects: Join Scientific Photographer, Walter Lara, on a workshop that can share with you the techniques of photographing science! Lara will provide the microscopes, cameras, and small subjects. This is a hands-on photo shoot where participants can photography small subjects. You are welcome to bring your own small subjects, penny-sized subjects, and your personal thumb-drive to save any photos. Techniques you will learn include: SLR Optics, camera settings, calculating magnification, and lighting!
1:00 - 4:00 p.m.
Science Technical Symposium: GTM staff and visiting scientists will present the data and research they have conducted on the reserve and discuss how it relates to the waters. Project topics include living shorelines, water quality and environmental parameters through the recent season's storms, oyster restoration efforts and threats, salt marsh restoration efforts and their impacts on foraging birds, and a status of nesting sea turtles.
J. Silas Tanner, Effects of oyster harvesting on shell availability in the Matanzas River, northeast Florida
Dr. Timothy Pusack, Demographic rates of the Eastern Oyster (Crassostrea virginica) with the advancing threat of Crown Conch (Melongena corona) in the Matanzas River
Cheryl Mannel, The effect of Spartina alterniflora Harvest Intensity on Recover in Donor Marsh
Sean Sharp, Are foraging birds enhancing salt marsh resilience to vegetation dieback?
Dr. Christine Angelini, Reengineering living shorelines to halt erosion and restore coastal habitat functioning in high-energy environments
Shannon Dunnigan, Short-term variability in water quality and weather as an effect of tropical cyclone events in the southeastern United States
Dr. Len Balthis, Information and Assessment Tools to Support Management and Research Priorities in the GTM Research Reserve
Scott Eastman, Evaluation of the long-term spatiotemporal patterns of marine nesting turtles and reproductive success on an undeveloped beach in northeast Florida
Dr. Ed McGinley, Comparison of the nearshore and nekton fish communities in the Matanzas River Estuary
Dr. Maia McGuire, Microplastics, What’s the Big Deal?
4:00 - 6:00 p.m.
Reception and Poster Session: Enjoy an evening reception with refreshments, while additional researchers present their work at a poster session. Feel free to enjoy the music of Amy Hendrickson, mingle and network as we watch the sunset over the Guana estuary!
Emily Jane Murray, Heritage Monitoring Scouts (HMS Florida): A Pilot Program in Citizen Science Site Monitoring at the GTM Research Reserve
Jennifer Raabe, Vertical distribution of meroplankton in a well-mixed estuary
Pam Marcum, Long-term intertidal oyster reef monitoring within the GTM Research Reserve: the first years
Mathew Monroe, Reef scale variability of oyster settlement in relation to immersion time and post-settlement processes
Trinity Hopkins, Cataloguing the St. Augustine Municipal Marina Green Sea Turtle Population
Carrie Schuman, Oysters as Filter Feeders: The Role of Density and Reef Height
Ada Bersoza, Restoring the Eastern oyster: how much progress has been made in nearly 25 years of effort?
On the checkout page, you will be able to choose which session you will attend. If a session is not available for you to choose, then it has filled. If you decide you will not be able to attend a session after you register, please let us know. If you have any questions or changes, contact Kaitlyn Dietz at (904) 823-4500 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Additional Family Fishing Clinic Details:
Things you'll need to bring:
- Sunscreen, hat, sunglasses, water bottle
- Fishing Rod/Reel
- Fishing Line
- Valid Saltwater Fishing License
We will have available:
- Drinking water
The fishing clinic was established by the Outreach and Education section of the Division of Marine Fisheries Management, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.
- What does a youth need to do to fish legally? Youth under the age of 16 do not need a fishing license, although they must abide by all other fishing regulations such as gear type, bag and size limits. They may, however, be asked to provide proof of age.
- What about adults (not including seniors)? Resident saltwater anglers who fish from shore or a structure affixed to shore will need a shoreline fishing license unless they have a regular saltwater fishing license, persons with disabilities fishing license, other combo license or are exempt.
- How much does the license cost? The license is free. However, anglers who obtain the license over the phone will pay a convenience fee of $4.25 or $2.25 if you do it online.
- Visit the following link for additional questions commonly asked. http://myfwc.com/license/recreational/saltwater-fishing/shoreline-faqs/