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SERC's Ruldolf Jaffe awarded for Excellence in Research


Congratulations to Dr. Rudolf Jaffe for his honor as recipient of the Faculty Award for Excellence in Research & Creative Activities! This award recognizes exceptional performance at FIU, and will involve a formal conferral during the Faculty Convocation Award Ceremony and Banquet on Thursday, September 29, 2016 at 5:30pm.

Journal: Ecosphere features cover on SERC faculty findings of cold spell effects on nonnative fish


The coastal mangrove reaches of the Everglades are subject to major disturbances, including extreme cold events. Such a 100-year extreme cold spell affected the area in January 2010. As part of the Special Feature; Extreme Cold Spells in the June 2016 issue of Ecosphere, Dr. Jennifer Rehage found that cold spells can knock back nonnative fish populations in these ecotonal habitats. Resilience to the events varies in space, likely a result of proximity to refuge habitats.

Antarctic lakes provide glimpse of ancient forest fires and modern human impacts


The perpetually ice-covered lakes in Antarctica’s McMurdo Dry Valleys preserve the dissolved remnants of black carbon from thousand-year-old wildfires as well as modern day fossil fuel use, according to a new study led by the University of Colorado Boulder. The distinctive molecular signatures can provide researchers with a glimpse into the planet’s long history of combustion. Read more here.

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NOAA RESTORE Act Science Program Grant


The NOAA RESTORE Act Science Program has released its next federal funding opportunity (FFO-2017), which is focused on living coastal and marine resources and their habitats. The funding competition has two priorities: 1) A research priority directed at six specific areas of living coastal and marine resource research, and 2) A decision-support tool priority directed at improving the tools available for resource management. See full announcement here.

Position open with the Florida Department of Transportation: Environmental Specialist III


The Florida Department of Transportation's District Six in Miami is currently hiring for an Environmental Specialist III and seeks recent graduates, preferably with a degree in Environmental Science or a related field. See here for vacancy announcement of the position.

Grant Opportunity for Environment and Sustainability


The City of Miami Beach has $60,000 in funding available for City projects that promote environmental and/or marine resource protection and/or youth environmental stewardship. They seek community-based organizations with the capacity and experience to undertake projects that encourage: restoration/enhancement of the natural environment, sustainable practices, urban forestry, water quality, wildlife awareness, volunteer/youth involvement, community partnerships, and long-term, measurable results.