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Drs. William Anderson, Pallab Mozumder, Raymond Scattone, and Ping Zhu â€“ all from the Department of Earth and Environment â€“ received one of five awards to develop new Global Learning Foundations Courses. The proposed course, â€
The First International Conference on Environmental Pollution, Restoration and Managementâ€� in Ho Chi Minh City, Viet Nam (March 1-5, 2010) After almost 2 years of preparation by Dr. Tham Hoang (Conference Chair/Organizing Committee) and Dr.
A number of faculty members from the School of Environment and Society were among those recognized recently for their outstanding achievements in their respective fields by FIU President Mark B. Rosenberg.
U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, D-Fla., visited FIUâ€™s Biscayne Bay Campus April 13 to learn more about the new School for Environment and Society (SEAS) in the College of Arts & Sciences. While on campus, Wasserman Schultz visited with faculty, toured lab facilities and listened to a presentation by SEAS Director Michael Heithaus about the vision for the school.
FIU biology professor Steve Oberbauer spends about three months of the year in the Alaskan tundra, the Costa Rican rainforest and the Florida Everglades, researching climate change and focusing on plant response to the stresses of these different areas.
A teach-in, organized by the School of Environment and Society (SEAS), will bring together a panel of experts from across the university who will provide an overview of the causes of the spill and its potential impact on the habitats and wildlife of South Florida.
May 3, 2010 - With Florida poised to fall victim to the oil spill off the coast of Louisiana, John Proni talked to NBC local news about his experiences with another large scale Gulf spill. Saying he felt a sense of deja vu, Proni recalled the 1979 spill off the coast of Ixtoc, Mexico. The Ixtoc Spill resulted in 140 million gallons of oil being released and took 300 days to fix. It was the worst peacetime oil spill on record - until now.
May 1, 2010 - Biscayne National Park - FIU scientists and students joined a team of over 200 scientists from across the country in a 24-hour inventory of the plants, insects, fish and other organisms. The marathon survey took place on April 30-May 1 and was conducted by National Geographic and the National Park Service. Designed to provide a "snapshot" of the Bay, the inventory included over 800 specimans - from macroalgae to butterflies - many of which were new to the park's lists of species.
Led by environmental coordinator, Jennifer Grimm, students from FIU's School of Environment and Society work to gather and propagate thousands of mangrove seedlings as part of an ongoing mangrove restoration project begun in April 2009. The project benefits the BBC campus' neighbor, Oleta River State Park and involves high school students from the Alonzo and Tracy Mourning High School.
Marine Biologist Jim Fourqurean interviewed on CBS4 News & Views program on the likely impacts of the oil spill on South Florida ecosystems. Air date: Saturday, July 10th. Click here to see the interview: http://firstname.lastname@example.org
Marine Biology students Travis Thyberg and Ammanda Bourque appear with their professor Jim Fourqurean on a recent episode of the PBS series Changing Seas. The show highlights their work to restore Florida's important seagrasses and mangroves. Click here to learn more about this episode http://www.changingseas.tv/episode203.html
The National Science Foundation (NSF) has awarded a rapid response grant to scientists affiliated with NSF's Florida Coastal Everglades Long-Term Ecological Research (LTER) site. This site is one of 26 such sites around the world and was awarded to FIU SEAS' researchers James Fourqurean and Evelyn Gaiser. For the full story, go to: http://www.nsf.gov/news/news_summ.jsp?cntn_id=117430&org=NSF&from=news
The Analysis of Urban Ecosystems course is being offered this Fall as a Topics in Biology course (BSC 5935 U02; 3 credits). The course is being co-taught by Dr. Jim Heffernan of the Department of Biological Sciences and the Southeast Environmental Research Center, Laura Ogden of Global and Socio-Cultural Studies, and Rosanna Rivero of the Everglades Foundation, and is cross-listed as Sustainable Communities (ISS 5166: Seminar in Sustainable Communities).