Please join us for the North Florida Marine Science and Big Bend Science Joint Symposia!


When:  Thursday, January 28th-29th, 2016

Where:  Cedar Key Community Center, Cedar Key, Florida

The North Florida Marine Science Symposium will be held in Cedar Key this year in conjunction with the Big Bend Science Symposium in celebration of the newly formed Nature Coast Biological Station January 28th & 29th 2016. This is the 7th Marine Science symposium and the inaugural Big Bend symposium. The University of Florida and the Big Bend Research Partnership are excited to bring together an even broader spectrum of presentations and participants focusing on the Big Bend region.

The joint symposia will be held at the Cedar Key Community Center and will start at 9 a.m. Thursday morning (January 28) with the Big Bend Science Symposium featuring oral presentations on research projects within the Big Bend.  The North Florida Marine Science Symposium will start at 1:30 p.m. on Thursday afternoon with oral presentations. A joint poster session will be held Thursday evening. The poster session will be open to the public. The symposia will recommence with a special joint session open to the public on Friday (January 29) at 9 a.m. This session will feature the keynote address by Dr. Michael Beck from the Nature Conservancy & University of California Santa Cruz speaking to “Building Coastal Resilience for Climate Adaptation, Risk Reduction and Conservation” and continue until noon with presentations focusing on conservation updates within the Cedar Key and Big Bend area.

The Friday morning session will conclude with news about the newly formed Nature Coast Biological Station. Following lunch, oral presentations for the Marine Science symposium will continue for the remainder of the day. The Marine Science symposium will conclude with a clam bake social, live music, and student presentation awards on Friday evening! Registration is free for the Big Bend Science Symposium and joint sessions. A registration fee is required for the North Florida Science Symposium including the Friday night social.

To register for the North Florida Marine Science Symposium sessions visit

Note that Undergraduate Marine Science Students can register for free.

To register for the Big Bend Science Symposium sessions visit  If you wish to present a poster or oral presentation, please have your abstract in by November 16, 2015.