• FAMU Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Day May 11, 2023

    CCME II had a booth at the annual STEM Day at FAMU. The university wide event engages 8th through 12th grade students. During the event, CCME II scholars discuss their NOAA CCME student experiences, assist with activities (sphere activity and drones), and network with personnel from ORTA. The event included Bryan Cole from the UxSRTO, colleagues...

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  • FAMU CCME II Scholars at Carrabelle Research Cruise May 11, 2023

    CCME-II at FAMU hosted two events in collaboration with NOAA OAR’s Office of Research, Transition, and Application (ORTA) and Uncrewed Systems (UxS) Research Transition Office (UxSRTO). This event, conducted in Carabelle, FL, also included participation from the Florida Institute of Oceanography providing FAMU scholars with an opportunity to...

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  • TAMU CCME II at Oysterfest in Austin, Texas May 11, 2023

    TAMUCC NOAA CCME-II Scholars Neina Chapa (L) and Alyssa Outhwaite (R) work the Coastal Conservation and Restoration booth at the Texas Oysterfest held in Austin, Texas. Oyster Fest is an outreach event to increase public awareness about oyster ecology. 

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  • BCU CCME II Scholars attend Indian Lagoon Symposium May 11, 2023

    CCME II students Jiyahna Price and LaKean McGregor at the Indian River Lagoon Symposium. The symposium provides a forum for science and management applications to be discussed. The event provides an opportunity for student to network, build collaborations and engage in efforts related to the lagoon. The theme of this year’s conference focus on...

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  • FAMU Secures $30M Federal Grant to Recruit and Train the Next Generation of Minority Scientists February 12, 2023

    FAMU Secures $30M Federal Grant to Recruit and Train the Next Generation of Minority Scientists Florida A&M University (FAMU) is the recipient of a $30 million, five-year federal grant from the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) to support the Center for Coastal and Marine Ecosystems (CCME) and its mission to find and train the next...

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Dr. Michael Martínez-Colón spent eight days (10/22/2021 – 10/30/2021) in Puerto Rico doing field work for a research project funded by Puerto Rico Sea Grant. One of the sampled estuaries, Guánica Bay, has been under the influence of anthropogenic pollution since the 1900 but more severely since the 1950. The waters of the bay receive raw sewage (point source) and fertilizers (non-point source). The surrounding soils are polluted with lead, mercury, and polychlorinated biphenyls (PCB). More importantly, PCBs have been found in fish tissue, bay sediments, and in human blood from the local residents. As of September 2021, EPA is including this bay as part of their Superfund National Priority List.

To have a better understanding of the history of pollution of the bay, a 52 cm core was collected to assess the levels of pollutants (sewage, persistent organic pollutants, and heavy metals) coupled with any changes in environmental health. A radiograph (x-ray) of the G8-core shows a noticeable change in sedimentation at 34 cm and at 26 cm depth. This is a key sedimentary marker given how much of the watershed and the estuarine sediments of Guánica Bay has been altered. Radiometric dating and if needed 14-C dating will be done to get an age of the sediment layers.

Dr. Martínez-Colón diving for core collection
Dr. Martínez-Colón diving for core collection

Radiograph and visual description of sediment core G8
Radiograph and visual description of sediment core G8

CCME-II Core Staff

Dr. Larry Robinson Dr. Larry Robinson
Principal Investigator
Center Director Dr. Abazinge
Center Director Dr. Richard Long
Center Director
Deputy Director Dr. Viniece Jennings
Deputy Director
Distinguished Research Scientist Dr. Steve Morey
Distinguished Research Scientist
Education Expert Dr. Bernadette Kelley
Education Expert
Administrative Coordinator Sherry Wells
Administrative Coordinator
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CCME-II Latest Publications

Bollinger, M., Macartney, K. J., Easton, E. E., & Hicks, D. (2022). Islands in the mud: The South Texas banks provide crucial mesophotic habitat for coral communities. Frontiers in Marine Science.
Saccomanno, V. R., Bell, T., Pawlak, C., Stanley, C. K., Cavanaugh, K. C., Hohman, R., ... & Gleason, M. (2022). Using unoccupied aerial vehicles to map and monitor changes in emergent kelp canopy after an ecological regime shift. Remote Sensing in Ecology and Conservation.
Vallejo, J., Sanchez, K., Roozee, E., & Temby, O. (2022). Disaster resilience versus ecological resilience and the proposed second causeway to south Padre Island. Case Studies in the Environment6(1), 1714379.
Haskins, J., Endris, C., Thomsen, A.S.*, Gerbl, F., Fountain, M.C., and Wasson, K. (2021). UAV to Inform Restoration: A Case Study From a California Tidal Marsh. Frontiers in Environmental Science. DOI LINK
Thomsen, A.S.*, Krause, J., Appiano, M., Tanner, K.E., Endris, C., Haskins, J., Watson, E., Woolfolk, A., Fountain, M.C., and Wasson, K. (2021). Monitoring Vegetation Dynamics at a Tidal Marsh Restoration Site: Integrating Field Methods, Remote Sensing and Modeling. Estuaries and Coasts. DOI LINK