Published on October 22nd, 2021 | by University Communications


Saint Leo collaborates with area Catholic school on marine ecology

Dr. William Ellis, associate professor of biology, led a student team of volunteers on a marine ecology research project recently at Saint Raphael Catholic School in St. Petersburg, Pinellas County. Saint Raphael is on the waterfront in the Snell Isle neighborhood, and its seawall extends 1,250 feet. The school’s pastor agreed with Dr. Ellis’ idea of installing a small scale oyster reef—with help from a seventh grade science class—along a portion of seawall. The activity fits well with Saint Raphael’s emphasis on following the teachings of Pope Francis about caring for the environment. The Saint Leo student volunteers gained both from hearing about the underlying science and research methods, and from working with younger students. The research observation phase is continuing, and there will be more learning opportunities for all. More information and photos are published on the Saint Leo University website.

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