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Annie Nguyen

Undergraduate Major: Biology and Molecular Biology & Microbiology

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Annie Nguyen

Annie Nguyen was born in Sarasota, Florida. Her research interest includes the marine turtle nesting activity and reproductive success in Brevard County, Florida with the recent Geotextile Tube installation.In addition to research through the McNair program, she is actively engaged in volunteering at Florida Hospital and the American Red Cross. The following is an abstract of research Annie completed as an undergraduate at UCF:

Title: Studies of Marine Turtle Nesting Activity and Reproductive Success: Brevard County Geotextile Tube Installation

Conducted at the University of Central Florida as part of the McNair Scholars Program.

Abstract:Since adoption of the Brevard County Comprehensive Plan in 1988, followed by the establishment of Archie Carr National Wildlife Refuge (ACNWR) in 1990, no armoring has been permitted along the subject beach. However, in 2004 the east coast of Florida was directly impacted by two major hurricanes and emergency installations of large, sand-filled geotextile tubes were placed within boundaries of ACNWR. The ACNWR is a globally recognized nesting beach for three species of marine turtle to include green, loggerhead, and leatherback turtles. Concerns regarding the interactions between marine turtles and geotextile tubes arose from agency officials and marine turtle conservationists. Conditions for the installation and maintenance of the tubes were agreed to in an Order of Delegation entered into between Brevard County and Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP) and mandated through FDEP and Army Corps of Engineers (ACOE) permits. The research focus is on the interaction between geotextile tubes and marine turtle nesting. Four project sites to include Versailles-L’Ecume de Mer condominiums, Landers single family home, Bertnolli and Bosco single family home, and Pineda Ocean Club condominiums on Melbourne Beach, Florida, are closely examined to depict this relationship. Order of Delegation requires surveys to be conducted three days per week from 1 March to 14 April and daily from 15 April until all nests in the vicinity of the project have hatched and inventories collected approximately 55 days post-deposit. During the survey, observations of nest disturbance, evidence of hatchling emergence, and other relevant activities were recorded to determine final reproductive success of the marine turtles. Sand depths are also measured at each location immediately after every erosion event, construction event, and again at the end of marine turtle nesting season to verify compliance to minimum five feet of sand atop the geotextile tubes.