Rielly-Carroll Receives Grant to Study Seagrass Fragmentation in Barnegat Bay

RiellyCarroll 1Dr. Elizabeth Rielly-Carroll, Assistant Professor of Biology in the School of Arts and Sciences, received a grant from the PADI Foundation to study seagrass fragmentation in Barnegat Bay, New Jersey. The grant totals $3,180.

Rielly-Carroll’s research is entitled “Is habitat amount or spatial configuration more important to epibiont communities in seagrass ecosystems?” The funded project will use artificial seagrass to examine how seagrass loss in Barnegat Bay influences the biodiversity of organisms that live in seagrass habitats. Rielly-Carroll and her team will be making different spatial arrangements of artificial seagrass and then seeing what animals and algae colonize on them.

“I am very excited to have received funding for this important work,” Rielly-Carroll said. “In the past several decades seagrass has declined substantially, not only in Barnegat Bay, but across the globe. Determining how the amount and arrangement of seagrass supports other species will help us make the best conservation and restoration decisions moving forward, ensuring the ecosystem health of our bays and estuaries.”

According to the PADI Foundation, the organization “encourages and supports research and education related to aquatic environments. The Foundation will fund and assist worthwhile projects that either enrich mankind's understanding of aquatic environments and encourage sensitivity to and protection of ecosystems; increase understanding of sport diving physics and physiology that will benefit the general diving public and add to the scientific understanding of man's relationship   and ability to survive in the underwater environment; or improve understanding of, and response to, hazards to humans and ecosystems related to climate change in coastal and ocean environments.”

The PADI Foundation has awarded nearly $5 million dollars in research grants since its inception in 1992.

Glen Foerd-HFU Speaker Series: Finding Fairmount Park

Philadelphia boasts one of the oldest, largest, and most diverse park systems in the United States. Yet our parks receive scant attention in histories of landscape design and city planning. Elizabeth Milroy, author of The Grid and the River: Philadelphia’s Green Places, 1682-1876, will describe the unique development of Philadelphia’s urban parks in the two centuries after William Penn and Thomas Holme first devised the city plan. This event will take place on Thursday, April 26 at 7 pm in Holy Family Hall 109.

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April Art Gallery: Michael Dealy


Holy Family University's Art Gallery presents Art is Why I Get Up in the Morning, a collection of work by senior Michael Dealy

Exhibit: April 13-26, 2018
Artists Talk and Reception: Tuesday, April 17 | 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Holy Family University's Art Gallery is pleased to present Art is Why I Get Up in the Morning, a collection of work by senior graphic design major Michael Dealy.

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Holocaust Expert to Speak at HFU

EasternEuropeDr. Hilary Earl, a History professor from Nipissing University in Ontario, Canada, will visit Holy Family University on Wednesday, April 18 to speak about the Holocaust. Her lecture is entitled "The Biggest Murder Trial in History: The Nuremberg SS-Einsatzgruppen Trial and the Banality of Evil." The event will take place in the ETC Auditorium at 6:30 pm.

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English Major Lands Internship to Write Play for Local Children’s Group

PatrickMurrayPatrick Murray, a junior English major, has always had aspirations of becoming a professional writer and editor. Through Holy Family University’s Experiential Learning Department, Murray secured an internship to write and produce a play for No Longer Bound, a community based prevention services organization located in Bristol, Pa that works with children ages 5-12 outside the classroom to promote unity and healthy living in their neighborhood and beyond.

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