Science Café Events Year 3 (2016–2017)

We have enjoyed bringing science to communities this past year. We think it was the best year yet! Take a look at the wide variety of topics that were discussed.


June 17, 2017 - mangroves at the vi childrens museum

St. Thomas
We are proud to sponsor the mangrove exhibit at The VI Children's Museum, our community partner. This Science Saturday event is the unveiling of the exhibit accompanied by presentations by VIMAS and MMES Candidate Allie Durdall.


June 10, 2017 - Eat to beat

St. Croix
St. Croix Educational Complex and Central High students and teachers created a campaign to build awareness and encourage the community to include the invasive but delicious lionfish species as a part of our regular home cooked meals. This is a means of controlling the species' impacts on nearby coral reef communities.'s delicious.


April 20, 2017 - corals & cocktails

St. Thomas
UVI Master of Marine & Environmental Science graduate students present their research on corals health in the US Virgin Islands. The event was held at Iggies Beach Bar on St. Thomas. Presenting were: Alexandra Gutting, Vernita Smith and Elizabeth Smith.


April 22, 2017 - earth day science saturday

St. Thomas
In partnership with VIMAS, participants enjoyed hands-on learning about coral nurseries, how to build coral trees and mangrove planting in celebration of Earth Day.


April 25, 2017 - night lights

St. Croix
Marcia Taylor from UVI's Center for Marine & Environmental Studies shared her knowledge of bioluminescence and Salt River BioBay and provided information on a night kayaking program for high school students. 


march 31, 2017 - marine debris 

St. Croix
Hosted by Kristin Wilson Grimes, Ph.D., this science cafe focused on the problem of marine debris in our oceans.


march 25, 2017 - live turtle tagging

St. Thomas
Coordinated in partnership with VIMAS, Dr. Paul Jobsis, CMES Director, shared information on the sea turtle research taking place at the University of the Virgin Islands. Participants had the rare opportunity to observe turtle tagging up close with live turtles. Youth activities and refreshments were also provided. 


december 8, 2017 - marine debris 

St. Thomas
Hosted at the VI Children's Museum, Kristin Wilson Grimes Ph.D. shared information on the dangers of marine debris with a large group varying in age from the young to old. The presentation was followed by holiday art projects for the children and refreshments.


october 28, 2017 - volunteer sea turtle program

St. John
A talk about the St. John Volunteer Sea Turtle Program was presented at Skinny Legs in Coral Bay. Shane McKinley from the National Park Service and Haley Goodson, Volunteer Coordinator with the National Park Service and MMES Student were on hand to answer questions and talk about their turtle protection efforts on the island.


october 14, 2017 - ciguatera facts

St. Croix
Tyler Smith, Ph.D. was on hand to discuss ciguatera food poisoning and his research into the neurotoxin to an engaged audience.