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Three FIU alumnae are finalists for this year’s two top teaching prizes in Miami-Dade County. The winners will be announced Thursday, Jan. 26. Laura Ortiz, a social studies teacher at Robert Morgan Educational Center & Technical College, is one of four finalists vying for the Miami-Dade County Public Schools’ Francisco R. Walker Teacher of the Year Award.

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When it comes to storing carbon, scientists have put a price tag on the value of mangroves in Everglades National Park and it’s in the billions. Based on a scientific cost estimate, the stored carbon is worth between $2 billion and $3.4 billion, the researchers found.

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Decorating for the holidays? Need a host gift for a party? Consider giving back to FIU at the same time by purchasing a poinsettia grown by agroecology students!

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Biology is the study of living organisms. It’s all about life! That’s the point the biological honor society Beta Beta Beta (Tri-Beta) is setting out to make – the biological sciences is more than just science it is about people.

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In response to months-long protests against the Dakota Access Pipeline project in North Dakota, the Steven J. Green School of International and Public Affairs and its Global Indigenous Forum hosted a discussion between faculty experts in water security and native rights and local members of the Seminole nation.

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Sea level rise is a monumental threat, but one FIU biologist is tracking levels using one of the Florida Everglades’ tiniest residents. Viviana Mazzei is examining communities of algae to help resource managers pinpoint which areas need freshwater most.

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Alligators are one of the Florida Everglades’ most famous predators. They sit at the top of the food chain and influence the world around them by how they hunt and what they eat. But FIU biologist Bradley Strickland believes they also impact the ecosystem from the bottom of the food chain up.

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Kathy Quardokus Fisher was finishing her post-doc studies at Oregon State University in readiness for a move to FIU, where she had accepted an assistant professorship in the Department of Earth and Environment. Shortly before she and her husband embarked upon their cross-country trek to Miami, she received an email from her soon-to-be boss. Chair René Price was encouraging her to join FIU’s Faculty Mentoring Program (FMP), a voluntary program for junior faculty members.

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Two cold spells, two years apart, in two subtropical regions of the world have given scientists clues to what happens when an extreme climate event strikes. “Long-term ecological studies like these give us opportunities to understand complex consequences of unanticipated events such as extreme cold snaps,” said Evelyn Gaiser, FIU professor of biology and lead principal investigator of the Florida Coastal Everglades Long Term Everglades Research (FCE LTER) Program.

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Bottlenose dolphins in the Florida Coastal Everglades have higher concentrations of mercury than any other populations in the world. FIU scientists examined dolphins from the lower Florida Keys, Everglades National Park and Florida Bay, looking for mercury and organic pollutants in their skin and blubber.

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