Welcome to the 2022 North Florida Marine Science Symposium!

This event has been postponed. Please stay tuned for announcement of new date.

Join researchers, resource management agencies, and students for 2 days of cutting-edge marine science – right next to the sea!

This year the symposium will be on the Atlantic coast at the UF Whitney Lab for Marine Bioscience, just south of St. Augustine, FL. The symposium will kick off with oral research presentations on Thursday afternoon, a gallery-style poster session and social on Thursday evening, a keynote address on Friday morning (see details below), continue with oral presentations throughout the day on Friday, and finish with a BBQ social and student award ceremony on Friday evening.

The poster session and keynote address are free and open to the public!

Registration for undergraduate Marine Science majors is free!

Dr. Brian Silliman of Duke University will present the keynote address 

Link to NFMSS 2022 Printable PDF flyer

Aerial view of the Whitney Lab for Marine Bioscience

The symposium will be held at the Whitney Lab for Marine Bioscience in Marineland, FL

Photo of attendees at the North Florida Marine Science Symposium poster session

Attendees at the North Florida Marine Science Symposium poster session

2022 North Florida Marine Science Symposium!

March 17th & 18th 2022

Call for Abstracts

Abstract deadline is Friday February 24th, 2022
Abstracts should be submitted by email to NFMSS@ifas.ufl.edu

Final abstracts for oral and poster presentations are due February 24th 2022 and should be submitted by email as a MS Word document attachment to NFMSS@ifas.ufl.edu following the format template below.

It is possible that we will have more request for oral presentations than we have space this year. If you request an oral presentation but we run out of spots, we will ask you to present a poster. Spaces will be filled in order of submission. Oral presentation will be 12 minutes with 3 minutes for questions. Posters should be 48” width x 36” height. Questions regarding abstracts preparation and submission can also be sent to NFMSS@ifas.ufl.edu .

We hope to see you at the Whitney Lab!

Abstract format please use TIMES NEW ROMAN

Presentation title

– Use 12 point, bold. Capitalize only the first word and proper names.


– Use 12 point. List author names with commas between. Underline the presenting author. If the authors have different affiliations, give a superscript number following each author name.


– Use 10 point. If the authors have different affiliations, before the affiliation give a superscript number.

Corresponding author

– Use 10 point. Name and email address


– Use 12 point. No more than 250 words

Presenting author status

– Use 10 point. Undergraduate student or Graduate student or Non-student. Note that to be considered for student awards you must have Undergraduate or Graduate

Presentation type

– Use 10 point. Oral or Poster


So a human (Homo sapiens) ate your lobster (Panulirus argus).
Robert Ahrens1, and Don Behringer1
1 Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL.,
Corresponding author email: Robert Ahrens rahrens@ufl.edu

Documented interaction between humans and lobster are common. We present an analysis of high speed video for a carapace crushing interaction between a human and lobster at a restaurant in the Florida Keys. Relative attack and avoidance trajectories suggest that lobsters adopt a ‘play dead’ strategy to avoid predation. This strategy proved suboptimal and likely results in high predation rates.,

Presenting author status: Non-student

Presentation type: Oral

Tentative schedule

Thursday, March 17th

12:00-13:30    Registration and presentation uploading
Reception hall of the Center for Marine Studies (CMS)

13:30-13:45   Welcome and introductions
Lohmann Auditorium in the CMS

13:45-14:45   Oral presentations
Lohmann Auditorium in the CMS (for all oral presentation)

14:45-15:00   Break

15:00-16:00   Oral presentations

16:00-16:15   Break

16:15-17:00   Oral presentation

17:00-17:30   Break and set up for poster session

17:30-19:00   Poster session
Marylou Whitney and John Hendrickson Biotechnology Lab (2nd floor, CMS)
Open to public

19:30-   Dinner – on your own

Friday, March 18th

9:30-10:30   Welcome and keynote address
Dr. Brian Silliman
Duke University
Open to public

10:30-10:45   Discussion with Dr. Silliman

10:45-11:00   Break

11:00-12:00   Oral presentations

12:00-13:30   Lunch provided in reception hall of CMS

13:30-14:30   Oral presentations

14:30-14:45    Break

14:45-15:45   Oral presentation

15:45-16:00   Break

16:00-16:45   Oral presentations

16:45-17:45   Tour of Whitney Lab
Meet at Dr. Todd Osborne at CMS entrance

17:45-21:00   Dinner and student award ceremony
Catered BBQ buffet in reception all of CMS

Registration information coming soon.

Keynote speaker: Dr. Brian Silliman, Duke University
“Marine ecosystem restoration in the Anthropocene”

Dr. Brian Silliman headshot imageDr. Silliman is the Rachel Carlson Distinguished Professor of Marine Conservation Biology. He has been named a Distinguished Fulbright Chair with CSIRO, a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Sciences, a Visiting Professor with the Royal Netherlands Society of Arts and Sciences, and David H. Smith Conservation Fellow with The Nature Conservancy. His teaching and research are focused on community ecology, conservation and restoration, global change, plant–animal interactions, and evolution and ecological consequences of cooperative behavior. We welcome back Dr. Silliman who was a founding organizer of the North Florida Marine Science Symposium!

Abstract submission and questions: NFMSS@ifas.ufl.edu

Andrew Altieri, andrew.altieri@essie.ufl.edu
Christine Angelini, christine.angelini@ufl.edu
Charlie Martin, charles.martin@ufl.edu
Laura Reynolds, lkreynolds@ufl.edu

NFMSS 2022 venue:
Whitney Laboratory for Marine Bioscience
9505 N Ocean Shore Blvd, St. Augustine, FL 32080
Click for directions
Tel: 904-461-4000