Last week, the Island School campus was inundated with the parents of the Spring 2014 students. Aside from campus tours and a breathtaking art gallery, parents also got to witness the students give scientific research presentations pertaining to the research projects they have been involved with all semester. 14296355223_50d76de116_z

The Deep Water research group giving their presentation.

Each presentation was ten minutes long, and followed the format of a professional scientific presentation, explaining background on the topics, the current problem, the methods used to collect data, data analysis, and interpretation of results, ending with why the project matters and what can be done in the future. Parents were thrilled to see the young scientists give their first real talk in front of a large audience. Each student group also fielded questions from the parents.

Click on the link to see a list of research topics.

Topics of research presentations:

Shallow water queen conch populations

Rapid Ecological Assessments of mangrove creeks

Effect of predators on juvenile turtle distribution

Lemon shark aerobic scope

Assessing deep water animals using baited traps

Interviewing fishermen on their perceptions on conservation

Stingray diet and use of electro-sensory system

Lionfish prey preference

Students receiving a pep talk before the presentations begin.