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Researchers attempting the world’s largest-ever survey of shark populations have reached their first 100 reefs, collecting exciting footage along the way. Deploying baited remote underwater video (BRUV) equipment, researchers are catching the ocean’s top predators, including sharks and rays, on camera in their natural habitats.

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As a faculty and staff member at FIU, your gift to Ignite creativity, discovery and innovation demonstrates that we are united in a common goal: making FIU the best it can be, now and in the future. Faculty and Staff contributions do more than provide funds for programs and scholarships.

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Evelyn Gaiser can hear music in the cold and warmth from one of Florida’s oldest and deepest lakes. More than an aquatic ecologist, Gaiser is also a classically trained vocalist. She knows as much about music as she does about the diatoms under her microscope. For her, the artist and the scientist live in sync.

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FIU has some of the top marine researchers in the country, including several focused on the science of sharks. They are available for interviews in English, Spanish, French and Greek.

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From June 6-10, FIU inaugurated its dynamic new hub in the nation’s capital with a series of receptions with alumni, friends and federal partners. SEAS Director, Dr. Evelyn Gaiser was part of a panel discussion of how the preservation of the Everglades is deeply entwined in the well-being of the South Florida population, the prominence of Miami as a model for other coastal communities facing sea level rise, how FIU’s ecological research is relevant on a global scale.

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Biology student Emily Warschefsky is studying the genetic diversity in wild varieties of mango and how the crop has evolved over time through domestication. Warschefsky’s research will ultimately help breeders maximize positive genetic traits and produce mangoes that can tolerate harsh conditions and resist disease.

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The palette surgeonfish, or blue tang, is the star of Disney-Pixar’s latest film Finding Dory. FIU reef fish ecologist Alastair Harborne explains why blue tangs do not make good pets while offering alternatives for your family aquarium.

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As technology advances, research methodologies in the sciences, social sciences and the humanities are also shifting. A new resource at the FIU Libraries, the Digital Scholars Lab, aims to provide students and faculty with the necessary tools and training to analyze and create in a technology-driven era.

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StartUP FIU, an initiative aimed at supporting innovation among students, faculty, alumni and community members, encompasses three new incubators and an accelerator program that is accepting applications for the first cohort starting in September.

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Shark Week is approaching and FIU News is ready to talk predators. With some of the top marine researchers in the country, including several focused on the science of sharks, we have enough content to write about sharks for countless Shark Weeks. But we want to know what you want to know about sharks. Do you have a question about sharks? Ask.

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