marine biology

Science station says farewell to Taylor

Science station says farewell to Taylor

After two years of inspiring young minds, marine biology teacher Sara Taylor will be setting sail away from the Navarre Beach Marine Science Station. Taylor told the Navarre Press last week that she and her husband Andrew plan to return to Birmingham, Alabama, ahead of next school year.   Read the full article in the […]

Navarre teens help restore reefs during Keys trip

Navarre teens help restore reefs during Keys trip

For five days, 20 high school students of the Navarre Beach Marine Science Station dived reefs, snorkeled and learned from field experts on issues of marine biology and conservancy in Key Largo as part of an annual field trip. Station Director Charlene Mauro said the students begin learning to dive in August, then spend the […]

The Brew Scientist

The Brew Scientist

An unlikely series of events brought Rachel Breite to Navarre where she found her dream job in a unique role as the head brewer at Ye Olde Brothers Brewery, (YOBB) Holley-Navarre’s first brewery. Breite, originally from Festus, Missouri, received her degree in Marine Biology from the University of Charleston. Read the full article in the […]

New teacher dives in at science station

New teacher dives in at science station

As schools across Santa Rosa County begin planning their field trips to the Navarre Beach Marine Science Station (NBMSS), a new teacher has jumped on board to help connect these children to the marine world. Biology teacher Sara Taylor has always loved the ocean, even if she has not always been near it she said. […]

At thirteen years old she’s the dive master

At thirteen years old she’s the dive master

At 8 years old, Taryn Felde had taken her first diving lesson. She had her first scuba certification by 10, and by age 11, she had performed her first dive rescue. A year later she was officially recognized as a certified master scuba diver, the highest certification she can achieve at her age. All told […]

Greece serves as summer classroom for Navarre science students

Greece serves as summer classroom for Navarre science students

Until this summer, Alison Loftis had never been outside of the United States. Her first time leaving the country was certainly one to remember as she joined a group of past and present Navarre High School students on a trip to Greece June 13-30 to help scientists with research. “It was really cool,” Loftis said. […]

Scallop search comes up empty handed

Scallop search comes up empty handed

The creatures appear as something out of a science fiction movie. Their outer shell is hard and rounded with scaly groves. A mouth stretches along the entire diameter of the body with hundreds of fringe-like tentacles. A ring of bright royal blue eyes sweep around each edge of the mouth. But this bivalve mollusk is […]

Mauro wins prestigious Johnette B. Bosarge Memorial Award

Mauro wins prestigious Johnette B. Bosarge Memorial Award

Charlene Mauro knew she had been nominated for a prestigious award from the National Marine Educator’s Association but the science specialist with the Santa Rosa County School District had no idea she would actually win the Johnette B. Bosarge Memorial Award. “I knew I was nominated by my colleague and mentor, Jean May-Brett, however, the […]

Daughter’s legacy continues through turtle center

Daughter’s legacy continues through turtle center

Growing up on Cape Cod, it was no surprise that Shanna Litterst loved the ocean – as well as its inhabitants. In 2007, the 21-year-old biology major was interning at a fish hatchery on the Cape – her ultimate goal was to become a marine biologist. But six weeks before she graduated college, Shanna was […]