Welcome to the 2023 North Florida Marine Science Symposium!

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. Janet Nye of UNC Chapel Hill will present the keynote address 

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

2023 North Florida Marine Science Symposium

March 2nd & 3rd 2023

Call for Abstracts

Abstract deadline is Friday February 10th, 2023
Abstracts should be submitted by email to NFMSS@ifas.ufl.edu

Final abstracts for oral and poster presentations are due February 10th 2023 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

2023 North Florida Marine Science Symposium

Whitney Marine Lab - March 2nd & 3rd 2023

Tentative schedule

Thursday, March 2

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

16:00-16:30 - Break and set up for poster session

16:30-18:30 - Poster session
Marylou Whitney and John Hendrickson Biotechnology Lab (2nd floor, CMS)- Open to the public

18:30- Dinner
Catered BBQ buffet in reception hall of CMS

Friday, March 3

9:00-10:00 - Welcome and keynote address
Dr. Janet Nye, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
Open to public

10:00-10:15 - Discussion with Dr. Nye

10:15-10:30 - Break

10:30-12:00 - Oral presentations

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

12:45-13:30 - Tour of Whitney Lab
meet at Dr. Todd Osborne at CMS entrance

13:30-15:00 - Oral presentations

15:00-15:30 - Break

15:30-17:00 - Oral presentation

17:00-17:30 - Break

17:30-18:00 - Student Award Ceremony

18:00 - Student-led activity

Please click here for registration details.

Keynote speaker: Dr. Janet Nye, UNC Chapel Hill
“Moving beyond single species assessments: responses of marine ecosystems and food webs to warming”

Dr. Nye headshot imageDr. Janet Nye is an Associate Professor at the Institute of Marine Sciences. Her research focuses on the effects of climate variability and climate change on fish, fisheries, and marine ecosystems. Specifically, she studies how climate and fishing interact to cause shifts in spatial distribution and abundance of fish and invertebrates in the Northwest Atlantic, including local fisheries in Long Island Sound and Great South Bay. Dr. Nye’s research is used to inform how climate change may affect species that have been petitioned under the Endangered Species Act.

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
Todd Osborne, osbornet@ufl.edu
Laura Reynolds, lkreynolds@ufl.edu

NFMSS 2023 venue:
Whitney Laboratory for Marine Bioscience
9505 N Ocean Shore Blvd, St. Augustine, FL 32080 Click for directions
Tel: 904-461-4000