Indian River Lagoon Symposium Set For Feb. 6-7

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BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA — The Indian River Lagoon Symposium, set for Feb. 6-7 at the Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute in Fort Pierce, will be well represented by Florida Institute of Technology faculty members and students.

The Indian River Lagoon Symposium, set for Feb. 6-7 at the Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute in Fort Pierce, will be well represented by Florida Institute of Technology faculty members and students.

The Indian River Lagoon Symposium, set for Feb. 6-7 at the Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute in Fort Pierce, will be well represented by Florida Institute of Technology faculty members and students.

They will make or display 13 presentations and scientific posters on a variety of lagoon-related topics. Among the presenters are several members of the recently-formed Indian River Lagoon Research Institute (IRLRI) at Florida Tech.

At the 2014 event will be the following Florida Tech faculty, students and their presentations:

• Holly Sweat, “The Indian River Lagoon Species Inventory: Promoting Biodiversity for Two Decades;”
• Sweat and Kevin Johnson, “Roughness-driven Diversity and Composition of Benthic Diatom Communities in the Indian River Lagoon;”
• Geoff Swain, student Kody Lieberman and postdoctoral fellow Kelli Zargiel, on water quality data;
• H.G. Kolb, Sweat and Johnson, “Mesozooplankton Populations in the Northern Indian River Lagoon;”
• Emily Ralston and Zargiel, staff member Abe Stephens and faculty members Geoffrey Swain and Johnson, “The First Record of the Turtle Barnacle on an Artificial Surface Mimicking a Slow-Moving Ocean Vessel;”
• IRLRI Director Robert Weaver, “Indian River Lagoon Experiment 2012: 3 Days of Water Quality and Inlet Surveys;”
• John Trefry and student Yuchao Yan, “Copper Release and Dispersion from an Indian River Lagoon Marina;”
• Johnson and student Xiao Ma, “Phototaxis of Copepods in Relation to Derived Habitat;”
• Jonathan Shenker and student Mary Draghetti, “Dietary Preference and Gill Raker Morphology of Albula sp. cf. vulpes in the IRL;”
• Swain and Ralston, “The Ghost of Fouling Communities Past: The Effect of Original Community on Subsequent Fouling after Cleaning and Transplant;”
• Sweat, Zargiel, Johnson and Weaver, “The IRLRI: Integrating Scientists, Engineers and Educators to Improve and Sustain Lagoon Health;”
• Weaver, Andrew Kledzik and student Joshua Todd, “A Forecast Model for the IRL.”

The poster session set for Feb. 6, will run 5:30 – 7 p.m. and is open to the public with no registration required.

The public forum, “The Lagoon Makes Us All Neighbors,” is Feb. 7, 1-4:30 p.m., and is also open to the public with no registration fee required.

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