At Florida International University, SEAS seeks not only to connect like-minded faculty across disciplines, but also with outside partners.
Florida Coastal Ocean Observing System Caucus
FLCOOS is composed of government, private, and stakeholder entities (i.e., public and private academic and research institutions, scientific consulting companies, harbor pilots, port directors, commercial operators, media, emergency managers, NOAA, USGS, NPS, etc.). FLCOOS provides an integrated coastal ocean research, observing, and prediction system that supplies the critical physical, chemical, biological, fisheries, and geological information and knowledge needed to support and advance many desired results. These include: expert ecosystem-based resource management; safe, efficient, and productive marine operations and maritime commerce; sustainable and internationally competitive tourism and economic development; reliable beach preservation and public safety; broadly based recreational activities; and, a smooth integration of such efforts within the multi-state regional, national, and international ocean observing initiatives.
One of the premier conservation and education-based gardens in the world, Fairchild is dedicated to exploring, explaining and conserving the world of tropical plants. Currently Fairchild has field programs in over 20 countries including support to protected areas in Madagascar and Africa and botanic garden development and renovation projects in South and Central America, the Caribbean and the Middle East. SEAS has established formal links to Fairchild with four FIU faculty housed in on-site laboratories at Fairchild and collaborations in research, education, and outreach. All future growth in researchers at Fairchild will be FIU faculty and a new research building will be built at Fairchild in the coming months that will expand research capacity and allow courses to be taught on-site.
Global FinPrint is a Paul G. Allen initiative that brings together an international research team and collaborators around the world to fill a critical information gap about the diminishing numbers of shark and rays. The project launches in summer 2015, with a multi-institutional team conducting surveys of sharks, rays and other types of marine life on coral reefs using baited remote underwater video (BRUV) throughout global biodiversity hotspots. The initiative aims to quantify the major human pressures and environmental factors influencing shark and ray populations and to investigate these animals’ potentially critical role in coral reef ecosystems from ecological and economic standpoints, to ultimately inform and drive regional and global shark conservation.
Restoring the Everglades is a national, state, tribal, and local priority. The American people have a strong interest in preserving this 18,000-square-mile region of subtropical uplands, wetlands, and coral reefs that extends from the Kissimmee Chain of Lakes south of Orlando through Florida Bay and the reefs southwest of the Florida Keys. This complex and challenging restoration is being carried out through a combination of federal, state, local and tribal initiatives. To facilitate the coordination of these initiatives, Congress established the intergovernmental South Florida Ecosystem Restoration Task Force in 1996. A Florida-based Working Group and Science Coordination Group assist the Task Force in fulfilling its responsibilities. Located at FIU, the Task Force works cooperatively and communicates with all stakeholders in this unprecedented conservation endeavor.