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Future scientists visit Seahorse Key

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A group of seriously-interested science students from the Black Rock Forest Consortium of Cornwall, N.Y. spent a week at the Seahorse Key Marine Laboratory recently.

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The field station was home base to the group of 10 students, age 14-17, as they studied coastal conservation biology and climate change. Field trips on and off the water assisted the students in understanding the ecology of the region.

The isolated, pristine environment of Seahorse Key makes the island a prime location for studying marine sciences and provided an excellent opportunity to investigate aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems.

Under the direction of Dr. Jennifer Seavey, Assistant Director, Seahorse Key Marine Laboratory, University of Florida, the program also provided opportunities for wildlife watching, kayaking, swimming, beachcombing and learning about local history.

On the final evening of their visit, the students enjoyed a southern-style dinner complete with locally harvested clams and were entertained with ghost stories drawn from the island’s rich and varied history.

Black Rock Forest Constorium is a nonprofit organization founded in 1989 to advance scientific understanding of the natural world through research, education, and conservation programs. The Consortium collaborates with its members - prominent universities, K-12 schools and research institutions - in conducting scientific research, creating educational programs and offering resources and support for early-career scientists.