When it comes to storing carbon, scientists have put a price tag on the value of mangroves in South Florida's Everglades -- and it's in the billions. Mangrove forests absorb carbon dioxide, and much of that carbon remains trapped in the trees' biomass. Based on a scientific cost estimate, the stored carbon is worth between $2-3.4 billion USD. The sizeable price tag reflects the cost of restoring freshwater flow to areas that need it most, preserving the Everglades' mangroves. Read more here.
Two cold spells, two years apart, in two subtropical regions of the world have given scientists clues to what happens when an extreme climate event strikes. By tracking conditions before, during and after a 2008 cold spell in China and a 2010 cold spell in Florida, FIU researchers found chilling effects on plants and animals, but not all were equal. Tropical species suffered more than their temperate counterparts, which were able to resist and recover from the record low temperatures.
In an effort to understand the diets of plant-loving fish, FIU Ph.D. student Jessica Sanchez and marine sciences professor Joel Trexler delved into the world of herbivory in freshwater ecosystems. They wanted to develop a research framework for other scientists to follow in studies on the evolution of these diets. Their efforts resulted in a scientific paper that was published in a recent issue of Ecosphere. It was the 800th scientific paper published by research faculty in SERC.
Xavier Cortada's CLIMA 2016 art exhibit explores the art and impact of climate change, using a wide range of creative mediums to engage with the public on relevant climate issues. The ongoing exhibit will include panel discussions featuring many representatives from the Southeast Environmental Research Center. See her for more information and program updates.
Flooding is a life-threatening and expensive issue in communities across the nation. This course provides baseline information about the various types of flooding and teaches methods for mapping current flooding and potential coastal inundation scenarios using a GIS. Hands-on exercises will help participants understand and apply the spatial methods covered in this course. Reserve your spot today!
The Sustainable Water Resources Roundtable (SWRR) is a Federal advisory committee that is a subgroup of the Advisory Committee for Water Information (ACWI) created by the Federal Advisory Committee Act of 1972. SWRR meets in Washington DC at least once a year and goes to other locations in the US at least once a year. For more information about SWRR visit the linked agenda PDF here.
The Department of Biological Science at Florida International University is seeking qualified candidates (Ph.D. required) for an Assistant Professor and or higher rank position in Terrestrial Vertebrate Ecology. Ecologists working on terrestrial vertebrates in all areas of ecology are encouraged to apply. More information can be found here.
The attachment above describes a PhD Fellowship opportunity to work on the social and ecological dimensions of restoration in FIU Department of Earth and Environment, under the guidance of Drs. Gail Hollander and Michael Ross. The project will involve restoration issues in urban settings, focusing particularly on the ongoing Cutler Slough restoration at the Deering Estate.
The Florida Department of Environmental Protection’s (DEP) Coral Reef Conservation Program (CRCP) is currently hiring an ENVIRONMENTAL CONSULTANT as our Coral Reef Conservation Program Assistant Manager. See here for more details and application information.