In an effort to understand the diets of plant-loving fish, FIU Ph.D. student Jessica Sanchez and marine sciences professor Joel Trexler delved into the world of herbivory in freshwater ecosystems. Their efforts resulted in a scientific paper that was published in a recent issue of Ecosphere. It was the 800th scientific paper published by research faculty in FIU’s SERC.
When’s the last time you drew something? Drawing assistant professor Michael Namkung says drawing can help us understand the most difficult of subjects. Namkung has launched a website to show how important drawing is in the lives of everyday people. Geology professor Grenville Draper will show how he uses drawings routinely in his research and teaching.
It has been six years since the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill dumped millions of barrels of oil into the Gulf of Mexico. Plants and animals were harmed and the places they call home destroyed. Researchers at FIU’s School of Environment, Arts and Society have been focused on uncovering the far-reaching environmental damage done to the Gulf of Mexico from the oil spill.
Punctuation. It’s a little thing that can make the difference between inviting grandma to supper and a homicide conviction. Punctuation is nothing more than little marks that provide clarity to the written language. Without it, sentences would have no beginning or end. Every year, punctuation is celebrated on National Punctuation Day in September.
n FIU student was chosen as one of 16 undergraduates across the nation to receive a scholarship from the National Institutes of Health, which includes a one-year, paid research position at its lab in Bethesda, Md., after graduation. The recipient, senior biology major Brian Ho, has a resume that fits the bill of a national scholarship awardee.
In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. SEAS Executive Director, Dr. Evelyn Gaiser, is among the eight speakers chosen for the upcoming fifth annual event.
Protected areas can stop people from cutting and burning trees in the Amazon, but they can’t keep rising temperatures out. In a recent study, FIU biologist and a researcher with the International Center for Tropical Botany (ICTB) at the Kampong Kenneth Feeley found that in as little as 35 years at least 19 percent and as many as 67 percent of the Amazon’s protected areas will not have the same temperatures or climates found today.
Biologist Matthew DeGennaro conducts research on mosquito behavior with FIU’s Biomolecular Sciences Institute. He hopes to uncover information that will someday lead to better repellents. As the number of confirmed Zika virus cases is on the rise in Miami Beach, he says the time has come to stop spraying.
Sea level rise is as much a political issue as a scientific one. Philip Stoddard understands this well. He is both an FIU biologist and mayor of South Miami. For his work on issues related to sea level rise, he can also now add a member of Politico 50 to his list of titles.
After analyzing data from rocks, fossils and genetic studies, a team of international researchers found the land bridge, known as the Isthmus of Panama, formed 2.8 million years ago. FIU geologist and paleontologist Laurel S. Collins is one of the 35 researchers who authored the study.