All are welcome at our 2019 Annual Conference


Friday, September 20, 2019
8:30 AM - 4:30 PM

At the University of the Virgin Islands Administration & Conference Center

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PLUS, Join Us For The
20th Annual Fall Student Research Symposium
Saturday, September 21st, 2019 | 1:00pm to 3:00pm
Sports & Fitness Center, UVI St. Thomas Campus

with keynote speaker

Vernon Smith, National Media Coordinator, NOAA Office of National Marine Sanctuaries.

Mr. Smith’s topic will be: A scientist walks into a bar: tips to help you become a better science communicator.

Vernon is National Media Coordinator for NOAA’s Office of National Marine Sanctuaries, which manages a network of underwater parks encompassing more than 600,000 square miles of marine and Great Lakes waters. The mission of national marine sanctuaries is to preserve the extraordinary scenic beauty, biodiversity, historical connections and economic productivity of America’s most precious underwater treasures. Through media and strategic communications efforts, Vernon works with sanctuary staff, diverse partners, stakeholders and the public to promote awareness and stewardship of national marine sanctuaries. Prior to joining NOAA, Vernon was a reporter and senior editor at major newspapers in Florida, Michigan and Texas. He holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Kansas.

PLUS, presentations by

  • Masters of Marine and Environmental Studies candidates

  • The debut of a turtle tagging mini-documentary

  • Remarks on the Stony Coral Tissue Loss Disease by Dr. Marilyn Brandt

  • Nassau Grouper research update by Dr. Richard Nemeth

  • Presentations by the Department of Education Science and Math teachers

  • Presentations on education outreach impact from Youth Ocean Explorers and University Bound students.

Refreshments provided. Reservations required, please use the form below.

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