Meetings are held the 2nd Wednesday of each month at the Emma Lou Olson Civic Center, 1801 N.E. 6th Street, Pompano Beach, Florida 33060, 954-786-4111. Doors open at 6:30pm when all can enjoy the Raffle Table, Sand Flea Market, and Library. All are invited, new members always welcome! The next meeting is Wednesday, August 10.
Margaret Rushmore will be our speaker for our August meeting. She is one of the recipients of our scholarship grant. Since her program is short, we may also have a slide program of the recently held Conchologists of America Convention that was held at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Rosemont, Illinois. If time permits, Carole Marshall will present this program. Here is Margaret’s Bio and synopsis
I am originally from outside of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. I received my Bachelors of Science degree in Marine Science with a concentration in Biology in 2012 from Kutztown University. In January of 2013 I began my Masters at Nova Southeastern University under the guidance of Dr. Nicole D. Fogarty. My thesis focused on the effects of sedimentation from dredging and beach nourishment activities on two different coral species throughout their different life stages. I recently defended my thesis in April of this year and graduated in May. I am currently employed at a Divemaster for Nova’s Academic Diving Program assisting with scuba courses and leading local dive trips. I am also a microbiological analyst at Florida Spectrum Environmental Services Inc. in Fort Lauderdale. I hope to continue researching coral ecosystems in the future as part of a research team or as a government employee.
My research focuses on a growing environmental stressor, sedimentation, and the harmful effects that it has on coral reefs. I chose to focus on two species of corals, Montastraea cavernosa and Porites astreoides, as they are abundant throughout the reefs of South Florida and the rest of the Caribbean. My study examined the impact of sedimentation on the newly released coral larvae; larvae that were attempted to settle onto substratum, newly settled larvae, and adult colonies. As sedimentation events are increasing in frequency and intensity along the South Florida coastline it is imperative that examine the impacts that these activities are having on corals as there have been few studies done on the earlier stages of coral develop and the potential impacts. This study relates to the recent Miami Deep Dredge project and the impacts that it has had on the adjacent reef environments.