Earth and Environment's First Graduate Research Symposium A Success

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The Department of Earth and Environment hosted its first Graduate Research Symposium on April 11 at the Modesto A. Maidique Campus.

The day-long event included oral and poster presentations by masters and doctoral students in the department’s Environmental Studies and Geosciences graduate programs.

“The symposium brought together graduate students from the three different programs offered by Department of Earth & Environment,” said Rosemary Hickey-Vargas, chair of the department. “Our students are located on both the MMC and BBC campuses. They were able to come together, share their research, learn from each other and get to know each other. It was good preparation for presenting work in a professional setting that’s similar to national conferences.”

Geosciences doctoral candidate, David Lagomasino, presented Coastal Mangrove Spectra and Seasonal Water Quality. His research involves monitoring and estimating water quality and availability in the coastal mangroves of the Everglades National Park and the Sian Kaan Biosphere Reserve in Quintana Roo, Mexico. More than 25,000 acres of mangroves, an invaluable ecosystem to humans and other biodiversity, have been lost to urban development. Today, it is illegal in Florida to trim, alter or remove mangroves without a permit.

“I’m really glad our department was able to put something like this together,” Lagomasino said. “By ‘doing’ science, part of the game is presenting your research at conferences, schools and other forums. It’s a necessity for a scientist to be a public speaker. Giving students the opportunity to present their work helps us grow as scientists.”