Graduates recognized for South Florida environmental research

(Left to right) Lahjon Campbell, Nicholas Charles, Christina Brown, Boya Zhang, Chloe Vorseth, Michael Kiflai, Jordan Massie and Shagufta Gaffar. (Photo by Patricia Menendez)

By: Patricia Menendez/Assistant News Director


University students are diving deep into Everglades fish research and other topics integral to South Florida’s environment, and FIU is celebrating them.

Topics such as climate change, atmospheric science, ecology, environmental sciences, solid earth science and water resource science were talked about at this year’s Earth and Environment Graduate Research Symposium on Friday, Feb. 22.  

More than 30 graduate students presented at the 2019 Earth and Environment Graduate Research Symposium with research based on areas like the Everglades, the Biscayne Bay area, India, Spain and the Amazon.

Jordan Massie won first in best Ph.D. poster presentation for his research on fish movements during Hurricane Irma. Carissa Gervasi’s project on the status of Crevalle Jack in South Florida won first in best Ph.D. oral presentation, and Christina Brown won first in best Ph.D. three minute thesis presentation on Everglades recreational fisheries.

Meanwhile, Lajhon Campbell won first in both best MSc poster presentation and three minute thesis for revisiting the theory of intraplate tectonics. Nicholas Charles won first in best MSc oral presentation for his ecological-economic assessment of watersheds for sustainable agriculture in India.

Dr. Hickey-Vargas said that award winners receive a certificate and a financial award “like a small fellowship” for their research presentations.