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Sea turtles can be extremely difficult to observe in the wild, but new, high-definition animal-borne video cameras, have given an astonishing look into the lives of these charismatic yet elusive creatures.
Here are some courses to take that can help pull you out of your comfort zone and get the most out of your collegiate journey while learning skills that will be incredibly useful in the “real world.”
Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced the selection of 30 university students to attend USDA's 2014 Agricultural Outlook Forum, titled "The Changing Face of Agriculture," to be held Feb. 20- 21, 2014, at the Crystal Gateway Marriott Hotel in Arlington, Va.
A recent student research project has led to safer soil in Liberty City.
The FIU Agroecology students will host two workshops in the FIU Organic Garden for pre-k and kindergarten students from Coral Park Elementary.
The NRSM major will include areas in conservation and environmental science, economics, policy and management.
Not many pageant contestants are training to be alligator wrestlers. But sophomore biological sciences major Andrea Mirabal is not your typical pageant contestant.
The Department of Earth and Environment in the College of Arts & Sciences is growing roots for geoscience education and careers in Miami.
Lucky enough to be a Biscayne Bay student or faculty? Let them know how they are doing and how they can improve!
FIU Creative Writing professor Denise Duhamel's latest book, BLOWOUT, is up for a National Book Critics Circle award.
A 6.4-magnitude earthquake shook Puerto Rico Mon., Jan. 13. It caused some power outages and cracked floors, but no major damage or injuries were reported.
FIU School of Journalism and Mass Communications professors, Juliet Pinto and Kate MacMillin, have just completed a project on sea level rise which will air on WPBT2 on Wednesday, Jan. 15 at 8:00 pm.
Florida Coastal Everglades Long Term Ecological researchers provide the latest news in the most recent edition of their quarterly newsletter.
Scientists have long believed that lobster-like crustaceans first appeared on planet Earth about 360 million years ago. But FIU marine scientist Heather Bracken-Grissom contends the ancestor of our favorite mealtime decapod actually may have started roaming the planet at least 12 million years earlier.
The art exhibit “Diatoms: Tiny Life Forms with Huge Benefits” produced by the Tropical Botanic Artists in collaboration with the FCE LTER program will be showcased at Deering Estate at Cutler from March 23-April 23.
On February 13th and 14th, FIU had the pleasure of hosting more than 260 participants from institutions across the nation, and Italy including undergraduates from the University of Puerto Rico – Arecibo as well as high school students from MAST Academy at Homestead and TERRA Environmental Research Institute.
There is no shortage of tomfoolery in the daily lives of sea turtles. Challenging a feisty crab. Chance encounters with stingrays. Playdates with their closest friends. And fighting siblings to keep them out of their personal spaces.
Elizabeth Kolbert, staff writer of the New York Times and author of the book "Field Notes from a Catastrophe", recently came to FIU researcher Ken Feeley's field site in the Peruvian Andes to do research for her new book "The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History". She discussed it recently on the Daily Show with John Stewart.
The Coral Gables Garden Club got their feet wet when they volunteered for a mangrove restoration project Friday morning at Matheson Hammock Park in Coral Gables.
A graduate student in Earth & Environment at FIU wrote a piece on the Everglades and water based upon a field trip he took in a Planet Earth: South Florida class.
A letter to the Miami Herald editor co-written by FIU professor and researcher, Dr. Evelyn Gaiser addressing and qualifying the recent call for more water to the Everglades.
For some Gilman award recipients, including junior Lamarr Nuñez, the scholarship has allowed them to travel or study abroad for the very first time.
Nearly one year ago, FIU embarked on an international effort to support environmental conservation efforts in the Andean Amazon region of South America.
When Richard Florida visited the eyeglass factory where his dad worked in New Jersey in the 1960s, he was amazed by what he saw.
This summer FIU will host 25 young fellows from sub-Saharan nations in a public management institute as part of the Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI).
Last week, FIU’s Honors College hosted the eleventh annual Advanced Research and Creativity in Honors (ARCH) Conference, the culmination of year-long, graduate-level research performed by students across campus.
FIU is hosting National Geographic Society photojournalist Annie Griffiths for a talk and book signing on March 20.
The 15th Annual Everglades Day Festival was held on Saturday, February 8, 2014 in the headquarters area of the A.R.M. Loxahatchee NWR at Boynton Beach, FL.
Dr. David Bray was invited by the Ford Foundation and the Mesoamerican Alliance of People and Forests to give a presentation at the Mesoamerican PreCongress on Indigenous Peoples Protected Areas in San Jose, Costa Rica, March 17-18 on his research on community forestry and reductions in both deforestation and rural violence in Mexico.
The von Wettberg lab recently published two papers, one part of a long running collaboration with a UN-funded breeding institute in India and the other a collaboration with the US Fish and Wildlife Service to protect endangered species.
For a group of students from Concordia College in Moorhead, Minnesota, their recent trip to South Florida was anything but typical.
FIU English alum and Ms. Foundation Fellow Lindsay Rosenthal speaks out about child sexual abuse and girls in the juvenile justice system.
Six members of the university community are spending their Spring Break in Guatemala as part of FIU alternative Breaks.
In preparation for construction of a new residential hall at Biscayne Bay Campus, we want to solicit your input on various aspects of the project.
FIU students Randy Juste and Christian Gonzalez were two of only 30 university students from diverse fields of study selected nationwide to attend the 2014 Agricultural Outlook Forum in Arlington, Virginia.
In an effort to document and increase awareness of the severity of the problems facing communities like Chauvin, environmental science graduate student Sandra Maina has spent the past two summers getting to know residents and hearing their stories of how the changing landscape has impacted their culture and daily lives.
FIU alumnus Corey Ryan ’12 wrote this essay after making two study abroad trips to Normandy Beach, France, with Professor John Bailly as part of the course, Art, War and Human Rights.
Philip and Patricia Frost Professor of Creative Writing. Guggenheim fellow. MacArthur “Genius.” FIU’s Campbell McGrath can now add Pulitzer Prize judge to his impressive resume.
FIU alum Dr. Virginia Walsh comments on the sustainability of our ground water supply in South Florida with WLRN.
FIU creative writing professor Denise Duhamel has been named a 2014 Guggenheim Fellow.
Miami could know as early as 2020 how high sea levels will rise into the next century, according to a team of international researchers including FIU Earth and Environment Professor Rene Price.
FIU's Denise Duhamel is one of ten poets who have been awarded a 2014 Guggenheim Fellowship in Poetry.
FIU researchers are expanding their efforts to breed climate resilient, higher yielding chickpeas.
The FIU School of Environment, Arts and Society (SEAS) and the Office of University Sustainability celebrated Earth Day by restoring endangered pine rockland at Zoo Miami, April 9.
Student Government Association at Biscayne Bay Campus closed out its spring lecture series with Emmy-nominated actress and neuroscientist Mayim Bialik.
The Peggy Endel Endowed Scholarship in English will honor Peggy’s contributions to the field of English and enable generations of students at FIU to advance in their study of Shakespeare and the theatre.
The story of how P. Scott Cunningham, 35, went from FIU graduate student to Miami poetry impresario dates back to 2006, when Scott and some classmates from FIU’s Creative Writing MFA program met Campbell McGrath for beers on Lincoln Road in Miami Beach.
This special exhibit on Diatoms is brought to you by the Tropical Botanic Artists collective, in collaboration with the Department of Biological Sciences and Florida Coastal Everglades Long Term Ecological Research (FCE LTER) in the School of Environment, Arts and Society (SEAS) at Florida International University (FIU).
FIU's Dr. Hong Liu discusses the current threats to Chinese orchids and how they can be saved.
Dates have been released for filmmaker Fabien Cousteau’s Mission 31, a historic saturation mission at the FIU Aquarius Reef Base.
FIU's Campbell McGrath has long been recognized as a wild, exuberant talent — a force of nature in the often decorous precincts of serious poetry.
The FIU Department of Earth and Environment in the College of Arts & Sciences is launching the Professional Science Masters in Environmental Policy and Management degree program in fall 2015.
The Miccosukee gooseberry is on the verge of extinction, but geneticist Eric J. B. von Wettberg believes genetic variation is the key to its survival.
Hong Liu is on a mission to restore Florida’s endangered cigar orchid population.
FIU's Dr. Henry Briceno, Professor in the Department of Earth and Environment, recently sat down with Univision 23 to discuss, in Spanish, climate change and sea level rise.
Four researchers, including two students from Florida International University, will descend on the Aquarius Reef Base June 1 to take part in Mission 31, led by ocean explorer and documentary filmmaker Fabien Cousteau.
FIU’s Southeast Environmental Research Center (SERC) has a new director Todd Crowl, who has plans to expand the center’s research, education and community engagement initiatives with sea level rise at the top of his priority list.
FIU undergraduate student Jose F. Orta has been granted a prestigious Frost Scholarship to study at the University of Oxford in England for one year.
Biological sciences Ph.D. student Michelle Thompson has been granted a 2014-2015 Fulbright U.S. Student Award.
FIU researchers examined the severity of two climate extremes to determine its effects on coastal fish communities in the Everglades.
South Florida's sea level rise is 50 percent above the global average, said climate scientist Robert Corell, a senior fellow at Florida International University and former member of the UN's International Panel on Climate Change.
Seven graduate students at universities in Florida, including FIU's Diana Churchill, have received Guy Harvey Scholarship Awards, recognizing their outstanding achievement in marine science research
With summer right around the corner, there are plenty of summer camp options located at FIU to help children stay active and learn in a fun environment.
From President Mark B. Rosenberg’s co-hosting of a discussion on the use of innovation and tech in education reform, to the university’s spectacular exhibition space that provided a snapshot of FIU research, the university’s presence at the conference was impossible to ignore.
FIU News highlights Amy Reid, Program Coordinator for the Minority Access to Research Careers – Undergraduate Student Training for Academic Research Program (MARC U*STAR) and the FIU Summer Research Internship Program (SRI).
FIU has partnered with the Technology Foundation of the Americas to host eMerge Americas Techweek, a conference that brings together civic leaders, industry titans, entrepreneurs and global thought leaders with the purpose of establishing a technology hub for the Americas.
FIU biologist Kirsten Bohn has made a career out of music, but she’s not a performer or a record producer. She’s a bat biologist.
A recent letter by FIU's Evan Rehm in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) respectfully challenges prior "spurious conclusions" by authors of an earlier article hypothesizing that "tropical montane species are responding more strongly to climate change than temperate-zone species."
FIU's Dr. Kirsten Bohn's work with bat communication was recently featured in Science Magazine.
FIU GLOWS Regional Director, Dr. Lakhdar Boukerrou, visited West Africa where international and local partners are implementing activities related to access to water, sanitation, hygiene and food security.
Mike Heithaus has been named interim dean of the FIU College of Arts & Sciences, effective July 1.
For millions of people in the South Caucasus mountain region of Turkey, Georgia, Iran, Armenia and Azerbaijan, the Kura River is one of the largest and most important sources of freshwater.
Wetland restoration success depends on understanding ecohydrological complexities in addition to the historical extent and legacies of past modifications.
Henry Briceño, a geologist and professor at Florida International University’s Southeast Environmental Research Center, is so concerned about the rising sea level around Miami Beach, he independently began to sample the water when the local roads become flooded during high tide.
When a group of high school students participated in a geocaching exercise, using GPS devices and clues to locate hidden packages scattered around Modesto A. Maidique Campus, Adrian Elkind was well-prepared for the challenge.
FIU digital media student Bruno Grundy got the filmmaker’s chance of lifetime when he dove 60 feet below to the FIU Aquarius Reef Base.
In an interview that was recently aired as part of the "Living on Earth" series on Public Radio International, FIU Biology faculty member and mayor of the city of South Miami, Philip Stoddard responded to questions about risks caused by sea level rise in South Florida.
This March, residents of the Kayonza District gathered with national and USAID officials to celebrate Rwanda’s National Water Week by breaking ground for the Migera Water System.
Poet and Florida International University Creative Writing Professor Campbell McGrath on how to write a poem.
The bat watch was organized by a Florida International University biologist, Kristen “Kisi” Bohn, who discovered the bats in late 2012 when she moved three blocks away from the course.
NASA returned to the bottom of the sea this week for a nine-day mission at the FIU Aquarius Reef Base.
With an eye to exploring outer space, a multi-national crew of four astronauts today will submerge into "inner space," diving to an undersea habitat off the Florida Keys.
NASA has sent four astronauts to live 62 feet below the surface of the Atlantic Ocean for the next nine days to test technologies and training techniques for use aboard the International Space Station and other long-duration exploration missions.
NASA is returning to the bottom of the ocean. Twice this summer, aquanauts participating in the NASA Extreme Environment Mission Operations (NEEMO) will conduct activities on the ocean floor that will inform future International Space Station and exploration activities.
Campers in FIU’s EcoAcademy recently visited Virginia Key North Point in Miami, FL to take part in a day of ecosystem restoration activities.
Most students spend their summers working odd jobs or catching up on much-needed rest, but a group of doctoral students in the FIU Marine Sciences Program recently took part in a research cruise along Florida’s west coast.
A recent article published in The Guardian (U.K.), features perspectives and quotes from FIU Biology faculty colleague --- and mayor of South Miami --- Philip Stoddard, and from Peter Harlem, in the FIU Geographic Information Systems Center.
A recent Miami Herald article spotlights the various research projects that were carried out during this mission, including the work of FIU Biology/ Marine Science graduate students Andy Shantz and Adam Zenone, as well as work by researchers from Northeastern University and MIT.
On Tuesday, July 8, the YALI Washington Fellows ventured to Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden. The Fellows took a tour of the 83-acre tropical gardens dedicated to exploring, explaining and conserving the world of tropical plants.
Scientists from Florida International University’s Southeast Environmental Research Center led by associate professor Jennifer Rehage are conducting acoustic tagging studies on snook in the remote Shark River system.
A recent Miami Herald article about a population of the critically endangered Florida bonneted bat that hangs around the Coral Gables Granada Golf Course and are currently the object of study by FIU undergraduate Biological Sciences major Giselle Hosein and her FIU advisor, Kisi Bohn.
Fabien Cousteau, the grandson of underwater explorer Jacques Cousteau, is back on the surface Wednesday after spending a month in an underwater lab.
For the past month, Fabien Cousteau and a team of FIU researchers conducted underwater tests and research inside FIU’s Aquarius Reef Base for Mission 31, the longest mission in the history of the world’s only undersea research lab. It made national headlines and got the attention of a lot of influential figures.
An unprecedented marine heat wave that swept the Southeast Indian Ocean in 2011 has given FIU scientists a glimpse into the future of climate change.
FIU graduate student Elena Neibaur is currently on assignment with the Master's International Peace Corps program in Mexico. Learn more about how you can support her efforts to improve basic access to clean water for people in Puebla, Mexico.
For the last two decades, Michael Heithaus has been studying how tiger sharks affect one particular ecosystem – Shark Bay, Australia, one of the world’s most pristine seagrass ecosystems.
The greatest concentration of biodiversity occurs in the tropics, especially in rainforests and coral reefs. Biodiversity is the diversity of life — from the largest predator to the smallest bacteria.
Find out how biologists and sport-fishermen are joining forces to understand fish populations in the coastal Everglades.
FIU's Dr. Yong Chai recently published an article in Nature Communication in collaboration with Professor Guibin Jiang at Chinese Academy of Science in Beijing.
The loss of sharks could contribute to the destruction of one of the planet’s most under-appreciated sources of carbon storage — seagrasses. While sharks are often sensationalized as voracious predators, it’s their actual prey that poses a risk to seagrasses, according to FIU researchers.
The Catlin Seaview Survey, a pioneering scientific expedition to study and reveal the world’s coral reefs, sponsored by international insurer Catlin Group Limited, today announced a unique collaboration with the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA’s) Office of National Marine Sanctuaries (ONMS) to record and reveal America’s marine sanctuaries.
Mike Heithaus, newly named interim dean of the FIU College of Arts & Sciences, has devoted his career to studying one of the world’s most intriguing predators — sharks.
A recent article on the impacts of spraying for mosquitos on endangered bat populations featuring two FIU researchers, Dr. Phil Stoddard and Dr. Kisi Bohn.
FIU's Stephany Alvarez-Ventura discusses the fate of bees in a recent Orlando Sentinel op-ed.
FIU SEAS biology alum discusses his passion for and career working with dolphins.
Facilitated by Tropical Audubon Society, South Florida's nonprofit Voice of Conservation, in partnership with Florida International University, numerous environmental and area business partners have come together to host the Environmental Leadership Workshop at FIU on October 11 & 12.
A collaboration between a Miami area high-tech company and Florida International University has improved ways to capture South Florida’s environment to help scientists, citizens, and local governments prepare for future storms and rising seas.
FIU, in collaboration with the Coral Gables Museum, is presenting “Beyond Swastika and Jim Crow: Jewish Refugee Scholars at Black Colleges”, an exhibit offering a narrative of the offbeat encounters of these two groups, each the object of exclusion and hatred in the segregated South.
Recent atmospheric science graduate, Vanessa Vinent, has found a position at WPBF 25.
When Florida International University (FIU) bat biologist Kirsten Bohn moved into the South Florida city, she first observed the rare colony of bats while enjoying a cocktail on her balcony one night.
The history of bats and Bacardi, and the FIU researcher who is trying to protect a colony of endangered Florida bonnetted bats.
An FIU biologist has started organizing a brigade of citizen scientists to fan out through Miami as the sun sets to search for the bonneted bat and listen for its call.
After 26 years with the College of Arts & Sciences (CAS), Kenneth G. Furton assumed his new role with FIU July 1 as provost and executive vice president.
Ten years later, as the work of the GLOWS program scales down on four continents, FIU has distinguished itself as a global solution center for one of the most urgent environmental and public health and problems on the planet.
FIU's Aquarius Reef Base was highlighted in a recent BBC article featuring places where you can live under the sea.
Evan Rhem, a biological sciences Ph.D. student and researcher at Fairchild Tropical Botanical Gardens, has spent three years in Manú National Park (Peru) studying how the region’s tropical cloud forests will adapt to climate change.
Maureen Donnelly, associate dean of graduate studies in the College of Arts & Sciences and professor in the Department of Biological Sciences, has been named president elect of the American Society of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists (ASIH).
FIU ‘s School of Environment Arts and Society was recently named a major research, monitoring and education partner of the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary under an agreement with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).
Miles Medina, who graduated last May, was awarded 1st Place in the Outstanding Thesis in Food and Agricultural Sciences Competition by the USDA-American Association of Hispanics for Higher Education-Texas A&M University.
In 1963, Jacques Cousteau lived for 30 days in an underwater laboratory positioned on the floor of the Red Sea, and set a world record in the process. This summer, his grandson Fabien Cousteau broke that record. Cousteau the younger lived for 31 days aboard the Aquarius, an underwater research laboratory nine miles off the coast of Florida.
FIU's own Phil Stoddard shares frustration over the lack of engagement with the pressing issue of sea level rise which threatens South Florida.
FIU’s Global Waters for Sustainability Program (GLOWS) is bringing life to unhealthy and abandoned crop fields in Burkina Faso.
FIU researcher Ross Boucek wants to give more predictability to anglers hoping to catch a bounty of snook.
Florida International University has been named a major research, monitoring and education partner of the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary under an agreement with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).
Tickets for TEDxFIU 2014: Fearless Journey sold out within a few hours of going on sale Monday. This year’s event will feature talks by 10 speakers including a professional racecar driver, scholars, a novelist, entrepreneurs, a global philanthropist, a cancer survivor, as well as a live performance by a singer-songwriter.
A group of FIU astronomy students recently chatted with NASA astronauts participating in the NASA Extreme Environment Mission Operations (NEEMO) 19 Mission at FIU’s Aquarius Reef Base.
With football season heating up, it seems fitting to draw comparisons between palms and sports. FIU alum Sara Edelman discusses which underrated palms you should consider pulling off of the bench.
El sur de la Florida es el centro del cambio climático en Estados Unidos, y uno de sus efectos más claros es el incremento en los niveles del mar, afirmaron este martes académicos y líderes políticos, convocados por la organización Climate Parents (Padres por el Clima) en conferencia de prensa celebrada en un embarcadero de Coconut Grove.
Evelyn Gaiser, SEAS interim executive director, discusses the current state and possible future of Miami in the face of global climate change.
FIU's Rene Price and Juliet Pinto discuss researchers' predictions for tidal flooding in Miami and Key West over the next fifteen years.
Five FIU students, all aspiring writers, have been selected to take part in a six-week Everglades wilderness expedition this fall, leading to the publication of their stories, poems and essays about their experiences in the famed River of Grass.
FIU’s Phillip Carter was recently asked by “Inside Edition” to analyze the latest propaganda video released by the terror group known as ISIS, the Islamic State of Iraq and Syri
FIU graduate student and palm curator at Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden, Sara Edelman, wants to know: What kind of palm are you?
FIU biologist Kirsten Bohn has been leading efforts to locate precisely where a rare colony of bats roost by day, count their numbers and gather any other information that could help preserve them.
Weeks of searching for a roost for the rare Florida bonneted bat around a Coral Gables golf course, with scores of volunteers training smart phones and iPads to the night sky to detect high-frequency calls, ended quietly early one morning last month when a lone dog walker heard a call coming from a nearby house.
Scientists from Florida International University’s Southeast Environmental Research Center led by assistnat professor Len Scinto conduct research on tree islands in the Loxahatchee Impoundment Landscape Assessment (LILA).
One student's experience as a high school intern with the FIU based Long Term Ecological Research (LTER) program.
Miami 2100: Envisioning a Resilient Second Century is an exhibition about planning for climate change and sea level rise in Greater Miami presented by the FIU School of Architecture.
Florida International University has a three-year contract to monitor the Keys canal cleanup projects to see if it works as well as hoped.
FIU and the National Tropical Botanical Garden (NTBG) have joined forces to create the International Center for Tropical Botany (ICTB) at The Kampong in Coconut Grove, Florida.
Jason Downing and Shan Wong spent two summer months in China studying orchid biology and conservation under Hong Liu, an ecologist in the Department of Earth and Environment who specializes in rare plant restoration, including endangered orchids, in China and the United States.
Fifty high school students from MAST @ FIU broke up into groups to collect water samples at 12 different monitoring stations along the west coast of the South Beach area on Oct. 9. Their study was part of FIU’s efforts to raise awareness and study sea level rise on King Tide Day, the day each year when tides often lead to massive flooding in Miami Beach and other parts of South Florida.
Yonanas, invented by FIU College of Arts & Sciences alumni Brian and Eileen Machovina, has been named the holiday gift for the healthy eater on everyone's shopping list by the Miami Herald.
Students from David Lawrence K-8 Center learned about exotic invasive species and local ecosystems through SEAS' "Discover Our Backyard" Program.
FIU graduate student Annik Adey-Babinski has been recognized with publication in Best New Poets 2014 for her poem "Wash Bucket".
Jennifer Rehage, associate professor at SERC at FIU, announced the launch of a comprehensive, three-year study to examine in fine detail what’s going on with the Keys bonefish population, particularly in Florida Bay.
Using two separate grants from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, FIU’s STEM Transformation Institute has been working to encourage the completion of degrees in the sciences.
Critically acclaimed author and FIU alumnus Anthony Gagliano (MFA '02) was hard at work finishing The Emepror's Club when he died unexpectedly in 2011. Les Standiford, Director of the Creative Writing Program at FIU, and Dan Wakefield completed Gagliano's unfinished manuscript in his memory.