Marine Science Symposium


The UConn ECE Marine Sciences Symposium celebrates the academic achievement of students throughout their UConn ECE Marine Sciences courses. Held annually at UConn Avery Point, UConn ECE Students from across the state submit posters focusing on the research and learning they have completed throughout their course. The Symposium is a day-long event.

In morning sessions, UConn ECE Students present their findings to their UConn ECE peers, other course Instructors, and students and faculty within the Marine Sciences Department. During afternoon sessions, Students attend presentations conducted by UConn Marine Sciences Master’s and Ph.D. candidates as well as sessions led by department faculty. Students and Instructors also have the opportunity to tour the facilities of the Marine Sciences Department and meet undergraduate and graduate students and faculty.

The Symposium evolved out of the desire to share student learning to audiences outside of their classrooms. In this way, the annual Marine Sciences Symposium is an exemplar of the collegial relationship UConn ECE works to forge between our Students, Instructors, and Faculty Coordinators.

2020-2021 Symposium

The annual Marine Sciences Symposium took place again this year, even though it looked a bit different than in past....

2019-2020 Symposium

Cancelled due to COVID-19

2018-2019 Symposium

Coginchaug Regional High School 

  • Investigation into the Effectiveness of Suspended Coral as a Means of Coral Population Revitalization
  • Investigation of Nutrient Content of Fish Food on the Symbiotic Relationship of Columbian Tetra Fish Growth and Plant Growth in Aquaponics Systems
  • An Intertidal Simulation to Determine the Effectiveness of Different Saltwater Grasses on the Maintenance of Water Quality using the Symbiotic Relationship Established by the Aquaponics System

Ledyard High School 

  • Tracking Changes in Sediment in the Thames River, Groton, Connecticut
  • Surveying Surface Light in the Thames River, Connecticut
  • Nutrient Levels in the Thames River and Long Island Sound
  • Water Color and Clarity in Thames River Using Secchi Disk
  • Chlorophyll Analysis & Estimation of Large-Scale Atmospheric Carbon Assimilation

Marine Science Magnet High School (Groton)

Students completed literature searches and presented on current issues in ocean science:

  • The Anchovy Cycle
  • The Rising International Problem of Ocean Acidification
  • Salt Marshes Threatened by Sea Level Rise
  • Over fishing Effects on Coral Reefs
  • Massachusetts Striped Bass Regulations
  • Pollution in the Hudson River
  • Bycatch within Tuna Fisheries
  • The Effect of Micro plastics on Oysters
  • The Effect of Plastic Pollution in Long Island Sound
  • Sunscreen Effects on Caribbean Coral Bleaching
  • Florida's Red Tides
  • Plastic Pollution Size Distribution
  • PCB's in the Water Column
  • Shrimp Aquaculture: Impacts on the Environment

Norwich Free Academy

  • The Effect on Temperature and Sediment Organic Content on Dissolved Oxygen and Inorganic Nutrient Concentrations in Long Island Sound

The Morgan School

  • The Effect of Essential Oils on the Amount of Biofauna Recruitment of Acropora, Pocillopora damicornis, and Discosoma from January to May 2019
  • The Effect of Different Native and Invasive Seaweed Species from The Long Island Sound, Clinton, CT on the Growth and Nourishment of Coriandrum sativum Plants from February to April 2019
  • The Impact of Water Quality on the Spreading Rate of Fucus vesiculosus at The Clinton Town Beach in Clinton, CT from February-May 2019
  • Examination of Fecal Coliform Levels Collected at Mercenaria mercenaria Beds by the Clinton Connecticut Shellfish Commission from 1990 to Present.
  • The Effect of Different Bottom Feeder Foods on Hemigrapsus sanguineus Growth at The Morgan School from March-May 2019
  • Determining Causes of the Declining Lobster Population by Interviewing Fish Markets Around the State of Connecticut

Waterford High School

  • Growth Rates of Mya arenaria in Different Salinities
  • Aspects of Communication between Gulf Toadfish
  • Print Media versus Social Media
  • Elementary Education About Sharks
  • Marine Mammal Captivity
  • Sediment Erosion Study of Seaside’s Beaches
  • Watershed and Rain Garden Education

        2017-2018 Symposium

        Bridgeport Regional Aquaculture Science and Technology Education Center

        • Development of a Migration Model for Morone saxitilis based on Thermal Shifts in Long Island Sound
        • Investigation of Recycled Concrete Aggregate as a Low-Cost CO2 Sequestration Vehicle through Indirect Mineral Carbonation.
        • Development of a Mucin Based Biomedical Adhesive Gel

        Ledyard High School

        • A Study of Currents in The Thames River Estuary
        • Water Conditions in the Thames River
        • Sediment Analysis along the Thames River, Groton, Connecticut
        • Tracking Changes in Turbidity & Light Along the Thames River, Connecticut
        • Measuring The Percent Light Penetration In The Thames River

        Marine Science Magnet High School (Groton)

        Students completed literature searches and presented on current issues in ocean science:

        • Horseshoe Crabs
        • Biological Invasion of Indo-Pacific Lionfish in the Atlantic Ocean
        • Pharmaceutical Pollution
        • Waste Runoff in Long Island Sound
        • Ghost Fishing in our Oceans
        • Saving Royal Gramma
        • Ornamental Fishing in Coral Reefs

        The Morgan School

        • The Effect of Abiotic Factors, such as Salinity, pH, and Temperature, on Seaweed Diversity at the Clinton Beach, in Clinton, CT from February to May 2018.
        • A Survey of Seaweed Populations at Various Locations along Meigs Point at Hammonasset Beach in Madison, CT from March to May 2018.
        • An Analysis of Marine Debris Found at Hammonasset’s Meigs Point and Clinton Beach, Connecticut from February to April 2018.
        • The Effect of Salinity on the Growth of Hemigrapsus sanguineus from Hammonasset Beach, Madison, CT from February to May 2018.
        • The Amount of Nitrates, Phosphates, and Coliform Bacteria and Their Effect on the Presence of Zostera marina at The Clinton Town Beach and Hammonasset State Park, Connecticut from March to May 2018.
        • The Effect of Tides and Temperature on Carcinus maenas and Other Marine Crab Species at the Cedar Island Marina, Clinton, Connecticut from March to May 2018

        Waterford High School

        • Jelly Population in Millstone
        • Environmental Impact on Asian Shore Crab Reproduction
        • Evaluating Sediment Movement in Alewife Cove Using Drone Imaging and Sediment Pin Measurements
        • Diadromous Fish Counting and Raising
        • Oyster Growth and pH
        • Drifter: A new way of monitoring our oceans
        • Shell Rot
        • Are there harmful phytoplankton sources infesting the local waters of Long Island Sound?

              2014-2015 Symposium

              Bridgeport Regional Aquaculture Science and Technology Education Center

              • “The Antimicrobial Effects of Homarus americanus Biofilm,” Katherine Biardi.
              • “Enhancing the Collagen Yield From Aurelia aurita Through Bio Encapsulated Highly Saturated Fatty Acid Feed.”
              • “A novel fuel cell design,” Julie Lazor.
              • Determining the Efficacy of a Novel Floating Barge as a Method of Passive Desalination,” Christina Elmore.
              • “Biochar Electrodes Incorporated with Cuprous Oxide Substrates to Optimize Solar Cells’ Efficiency,” Nicolas Santandrea.
              • “The Analysis of Clay Flocculation’s Effect on the Benthic Zone Used as a Mitigation Technique for Harmful Algal Blooms (HABs),” Julia Ennis.
              • “Development of a Closed In Situ Cage System for Restocking of Homarus americanus in Long Island Sound,” Shana Isidoro.
              • “Development of Non-toxic Photostabilized Phycoerythrin for Application in Dye Sensitized Solar Cells,” Eunsun Hong.
              • “Tracing Mercury Deposition Patterns through Isotopic Fingerprinting,” Rami Kharbouch
              • “Utilizing Piscivorous Birds as Low Impact Primary Biological Indicators,” Sophie Kay.

              Ledyard High School

              • “Tracking Changes in Topography & Vegetation at Bushy Point Beach, Groton, Connecticut,” Olivia Triplett, Anna Tworzyanski, Erica Grenger, Kevin Konrad, and Kenneth Tran.

                University High School of Science and Engineering

                • “The Ozone Layer Problem,” Veronica Mercado, Helen Neti, Deepika Ravichandran, and Cristhian Reyes.
                • “The Role of Sulfur Compounds,” Sarah Baseler, George Davis, and David Foberg.

                Waterford High School

                • “Epizootic Shell Disease (ESD) Effects on Lobsters in New England,” Jennifer Kohl.
                • “Correlation Between Harbor Seal Populations and Flounder Populations in the Long Island Sound,” Tess Wilensky.
                • “Horseshoe Crab Spawning in the Niantic River and Jordan Cove Estuaries,” Taylor Alexander.

                Westhill High School

                • “Evaluation of Temperature on Jellyfish Breeding: A Proposal,” William Caragine.

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