The scientific work of six Florida Keys Community College students took the spotlight on campus on December 12 at the College’s first ever Student Research Showcase.  The event featured a variety of analyses, field work, and findings compiled by marine science students during internships and independent study experiences.  Topics included seagrass restoration, shrimp aquaculture, protected coral monitoring, spawning aquarium fish, octopus ecology, and pillar coral assessment.

“The quality of work and depth of knowledge demonstrated are rare even among graduate level students, and our students are only in their first two years of college,” said FKCC marine science professor Dr. Michelle Walsh.

FKCC plans to expand the event in upcoming semesters to include student research and internships across all fields of study at the College. “We are fortunate to have such dedicated faculty and industry partners to help our students find unique and rich experiences that will help them tremendously when they enter the workforce.” said Lana Sielski, FKCC’s Director of Marine Science and Technology.  “We’re looking forward to sharing more of our students’ successes in the future.”