Come to the SCCF Nature Center on December 4 at 10 am to learn about red tide research from Dr. Jordon Beckler , a scientist in the Ocean Technology program at Mote Marine Laboratory in Sarasota, FL. His current research projects include: using autonomous underwater vehicles (AUV) to understand the conditions that may lead to red tide blooms; developing in situ methods to measure Florida red tide toxins (brevetoxins); and remotely monitoring of Florida red tide and dissolved organic matter using Mote’s Optical Phytoplankton Discriminator (OPD) instruments. In addition, Mote has several collaborations in progress or pending with the Sanibel Captiva Conservation Foundation, including co-locating Mote’s in situ instruments at RECON sites to better understand water quality in the Caloosahatchee estuary, and exploring the effects that sediment nutrient and trace metal release from Caloosahatchee sediments may have on phytoplankton blooms further downstream. Jordon is also actively involved in developing STEM outreach programs to teach the next generation about how we can use technology to better understand the ocean.
The SCCF Nature Center is located at 3333 San-Cap Road. Cost of the program is $5 with SCCF members attending for free. Call 472-2329 for more information.