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By 2050, there will be more plastic by weight than fish in the world’s oceans, according to researchers.This insight on ocean health and more was shared at the “Coral Reefs, Ocean Biodiversity and Climate Change” conference earlier this month featuring FIU marine scientists Jeremy Kiszka and Mike Heithaus.

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As part of the DEEPEND Consortium, FIU marine scientists Heather Bracken-Grissom and Kevin Boswell are working alongside more than 60 researchers from 16 institutions to understand the Gulf of Mexico and the impacts of the oil spill on the Gulf.

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A massive bloom of blue-green algae has hit four counties in Florida covering beaches along the Atlantic coast, damaging aquatic environments, impacting businesses and potentially causing health problems for the people and animals that come into contact with it. Governor Rick Scott has declared a state of emergency in Lee, Martin, Palm Beach and St. Lucie counties.

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FIU and Deering Estate have launched the FIU-Deering Cultural Ecological Field Station Fellowship Program to support graduate students whose dedicated research will benefit conservation management efforts at the estate, as well as broader conservation efforts in the region.

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A massive bloom of blue-green algae has hit four counties in Florida covering beaches along the Atlantic coast with foul-smelling, thick muck. Discharge from Lake Okeechobee is to blame for the toxic blooms that are ruining aquatic environments, devastating businesses and potentially causing health problems for the people and animals who come in contact with it.

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In the weeks following the shootings at a gay nightclub in Orlando that killed 49 people, the nation has rallied to help families of the victims cope with loss and push for an end to hatred. FIU creative writing alumnus Richard Blanco ’91, MFA ’97, penned an emotional response to the devastation titled “One Pulse—One Poem” for the Miami Herald.

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While Shark Week often delves into the sensational aspects of sharks, FIU’s biologists are quick to remind people that sharks aren’t exactly the voracious predators we often fear. In fact, shark attacks on humans are rare.

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Sharks and dolphins have shared the ocean for ages, but only recently, scientists have begun to understand the true nature of the relationship between these two masters of the sea. It’s dangerous for dolphins, but sometimes the tables are turned. Aired during Shark Week 2016, Sharks vs. Dolphins: Face Off uncovers the mysteries of the relationship.

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Growing to nearly 15 feet in length, the American alligator can take up residence in Florida’s canals, lakes, rivers and swamps. It is one of the state’s most ecologically important and often misunderstood predators. And when they attack, they make news.

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As part of the DEEPEND Consortium, FIU marine scientists Heather Bracken-Grissom and Kevin Boswell are working alongside more than 60 researchers from 16 institutions to understand the Gulf of Mexico and the impacts of the oil spill on the Gulf.

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