When a cold spell strikes the tropics, an animal's location at any given moment could be the difference between life and death. That was the case with a Florida Everglades fish called a common snook when a cold snap struck in 2010, scientists report today - World Oceans Day - in the journal Global Change Biology. This study involved FIU SERC researchers Mahadev Bhat, Rudolf Jaffe, Michael Sukop, Jennifer Rehage, Pallab Mozumder, and Ross Boucek.
The Everglades is the largest wetland of its kind in North America, but it’s been under assault for generations by residential development, water diversion and pesticide runoff. Now, a massive proposal is one step closer to putting more fresh water back into the ecosystem that covers more than 2,000 square miles of south Florida. SERC researcher Dr. Tiffany Troxler discusses why this is important for the Everglades given sea level rise and saltwater intrusion.
The Everglades ecosystem is vast, stretching more than 200 miles from Orlando to Florida Bay, and Everglades National Park is but a part located at the southern end. During the 19th and 20th centuries, the historical Everglades has been reduced to half of its original size, and what remains is not the pristine ecosystem many image it to be, but one that has been highly engineered and otherwise heavily influenced, and is intensely managed by humans.
The 2017 Biscayne Bay Marine Health Inaugural Summit aims to understand the ecological importance and challenges of the Bay; identify and understand its main sources of pollutants; identify existing studies and prevention efforts; establish a collaboration with stakeholders; coordinate and share creative solutions, ideas, expertise and resources, in order to support the creation and implementation of a comprehensive 10 Year Action Plan for reducing marine/estuarine debris and other pollutants.
FIU now invites applications for the Director of the Sea Level Solutions Center (SLSC).
The US Fish and Wildlife Service Arcata Fisheries Program (USFWS) and USGS California Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit (CACFWRU) at Humboldt State University, are seeking a new research scientist with quantitative fishery biology and modeling skills. The successful applicant will pursue management-based research interests in the construction of fish population dynamics models. See here for more information.
The South Florida Water Management District is recruiting for the position of Section Administrator for the Coastal Ecosystem Section within the Applied Sciences Bureau. The Coastal Ecosystems Section is composed of 18 biologists/ecologists and estuarine modelers. The goal of their work is to quantify the responses of estuarine ecosystems to changes in the quality and quantity of freshwater inflow. See here for more information.