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Venue:Murray E. Nelson Government and Cultural Center 102050 Overseas Hwy. - MM102 Key Largo, FL 33037

The last 20-30 years have seen unprecedented progress in our understanding of the diversity and relationships of life on Earth. In particular, the flood of DNA sequence data and whole genome data have provided remarkable insights and revealed many unsuspected relationships. In this presentation, Dr. Collins will explore the current state of knowledge concerning the tree of life.

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Venue:Book & Books 265 Aragon Ave Coral Gables, FL 33134

Magic City Gospel is a love song to Birmingham, the Magic City of the South. In traditional forms and free verse poems, 2015 Rona Jaffe Writer’s Award-winner Ashley M. Jones takes readers on a historical, geographical, cultural, and personal journey through her life and the life of her home state.

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Venue:Batchelor Environmental Center 106 Northeast 147th Street, North Miami, FL 33181

Join MUVE (Museum Volunteers for the Environment) as we remove invasive vegetation from our new Batchelor Environmental Center restoration site, on the banks of the Oleta River in North Miami, to begin restoring the land to a native mangrove forest. The invasive vegetation consists primarily of Burma reed, Australian pine, and Brazilian pepper. All tools and gloves will be provided.

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Venue:FIU at I-75 3rd Floor 1930 SW 145th Ave Miramar, FL 33027

Do you want to launch a career in conservation,water Management or land management? Are you already working and want to position yourself in a leadership role? That’s all possible with our program! Join us for one of our open houses this spring to learn about FIU’s Professional Science Master in Environmental Policy and Management.

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Venue:FIU Biscayne Bay Campus Barnes and Noble Bookstore, 3000 NE 151 Street, North Miami, FL 33181

Ann Hood is the bestselling author of the novels The Knitting Circle, The Obituary Writer, and The Red Thread. Her memoir, Comfort: A Journey Through Grief, was chosen as one of the top ten nonfiction books of 2008 by Entertainment Weekly and was a NYT editor's choice. She's received two Pushcart Prizes, two Best American Food Writing Awards, a Best American Spiritual Writing Award, and a Best American Travel Writing Award. Her new novel, The Book That Matters Most, is due out in August.

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Venue:Books and Books, 265 Aragon Ave., Coral Gables

Dr. Carmelo Mesa-Lago coordinated a group of five experts to conduct 80 interviews in Cuba on the rapidly expanding "non-state sector" of the economy, including self-employed workers.

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Venue:Naples Botanical Garden- Kapnick Hall, 4820 Bayshore Drive, Naples, FL 34112

Tropical forests are biodiversity hotspots – areas of extraordinary species richness of both flora and fauna – whose plants offer us food, medicine, shelter and even beauty products. Hear how the International Center for Tropical Botany is working to balance these demands and work toward a sustainable future.

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Venue:Zoo Miami 1 Zoo Boulevard 12400 SW 152 Street Miami Florida 33177

Join as Zoo Miami as they celebrate Ellie's debut as the official representative for Florida: Mission Everglades.

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Venue:Naples Botanical Garden- Kapnick Hall, 4820 Bayshore Drive, Naples, FL 34112

Diatoms, known as “algae in glass houses” due to their transparent silica walls, are among the largest and most ecologically significant groups of organisms on earth. Our panel will take you along on the science of diatoms and the power of art and public installations to broaden knowledge of nature.

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Venue:Naples Botanical Garden- Harvey Kapnick Education & Research Center, 4820 Bayshore Drive, Naples, FL

Meet researchers from the International Center for Tropical Botany and experience a virtual journey through agricultural history, modern day uses of plants, and efforts toward sustainability.

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Venue:Naples Botanical Garden- Kapnick Hall, 4820 Bayshore Drive, Naples, FL 34112

FIU biologist and entrepreneur Brian Machovina, will discuss his research on ecology and food security, including the effects of meat consumption by humans on the environment. His work has been featured in various journals, including PNAS, Nature and Science. He has also presented his work at TEDxFIU in 2014.