Come see us!

IGOR chip- employment 150Writing grants, collecting field data, looking at samples in the lab- activities such as these occupy the majority of a researcher’s time.  But sharing why the subject of the research is cool and interesting with the public is an important part of the job as well.

Dr. Randall Hughes FSU Coastal & Marine Lab

Open House at the FSU Coastal and Marine Laboratory
Saturday, April 16
10:00am – 3:00pm

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David and an undergraduate research assistant at FSUCML Open House 2009

If you’ve been holding back your comments and questions as you read the blog, then this weekend is your chance to ask them in person! David and I, along with our graduate students and technicians, will be participating in the FSU Coastal and Marine Lab Open House on Saturday from 10:00am to 3:00pm.

General highlights of the event include:
• lectures by FSU faculty on their research (including David!)
• touch tanks with critters presented by Saturday-at-the-Sea
• a raffle for a boat trip to Dog Island, including a picnic
• interactive displays by FSU departments and Florida conservation agencies

Petes display

Activities for kids and adults!

And if that isn’t enough to entice you to come join us, then there’s also the lure of snail races (are periwinkle snails from Juncus or Spartina faster?) and the chance to get up close and personal with the denizens of Baymouth Bar (how big is a horse conch, after all?).

The FSUCML Open House only occurs every other year, so don’t miss this opportunity to learn more about what we do at the lab, and what other activities are going on along our coast. It’s bound to be fun!

Girl with starfish

Who can resist the chance to pick up all these cool critters?

For details and directions to the lab, visit the lab’s page.

Look for some photos of this year’s event next week!

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About Randall

Dr. Randall Hughes is an ecologist and marine biologist focusing on the causes and consequences of species and genetic diversity in coastal systems. She has conducted experimental work on plants and animals in seagrasses, salt marshes, oyster reefs, and kelp forests. The common thread throughout these activities is a long-standing interest in generating information that can enhance the effectiveness of conservation and management decisions.

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