APRIL 2018

Science Café focuses on microscopic organisms

The St. Johns River State College Science Café lecture series continues in October with microbiologist Earl Larson, Ph.D. The lecture will be held Tuesday, October 16 at 7:00 p.m. with a discussion on how microscopic organisms that live in our intestines can have positive and negative effects on our health. Larson will also discuss how microscopic organisms that live in the digestive tracts of fish can potentially improve aquaculture. The lecture will be held on the Orange Park campus in room D14.

Larson has 14 years’ experience as a fish biologist and five years as a microbiologist. He started his career studying stress and appetite in fish and applying this knowledge to the aquaculture industry. He also worked in the biotech industry designing tests for various infectious diseases. It was there that he became interested in microbiology. He also worked for the federal government ensuring seafood safety.

In addition to teaching microbiology at SJR State, Larson is also a visiting scientist at the Norwegian University of Life Sciences, where he spent the summer looking at microscopic organisms in the intestines of farmed Atlantic salmon. His multidisciplinary background in fish biology and behavior, stress physiology, and microbiology allows him to answer questions that are important for aquaculture and fish health.

Larson has a doctorate degree in biology from the University of Colorado. He also holds master’s degrees in marine biology and food microbiology from the College of Charleston and the University of Massachusetts, respectively.

Café participants will experience a casual evening filled with interesting topics, tasty treats and engaging conversation. The event is free and open to the public.


Susan Kessler
Director of Public Relations and Publications
(386) 312-4020