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  • Marine Science Virtual Seminar - Conservation physiology: past, present and future | November 18, 2020

    Title: Conservation physiology: past, present and future (By Dr. Steve Cooke)

    Location: Zoom

    Date: Wednesday, November 18, 2020

    Conservation physiology has emerged as a valuable mission-oriented intersection of disciplines focused on the application of physiological tools, knowledge and concepts to understand and solve conservation problems. This talk reflects on the past, present and future of conservation physiology drawing on diverse examples but with a focus on aquatic systems.

    Watch the webinar recording below:

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  • Marine Science Virtual Seminar - The Impact of Massive Sargassum Influx on Caribbean Reef Systems | October 21, 2020

    Title: The Impact of Massive Sargassum Influx on Caribbean Reef Systems (By Dr. Brigitta I. van Tussenbroek)

    Location: Zoom

    Date: Wednesday, October 21, 2020

    Since 2014, Mexican Caribbean reef systems have intermittently received masses of pelagic sargasso. The decomposition of these algae on the coasts generates poor appearance and smell, releasing leachates that turn the coastal sea brown. This Sargasso Brown Tide reduces light and oxygen in nearshore waters, creating a deadly environment for benthic flora (seagrass) and fauna. Sargasso Brown Tides also interfere with turtle hatching, change trophic relationships, and their influence extends to the reef, hundreds to thousand meters off-shore, and are thought to have accelerated coral infections from the "white syndrome" disease. Management of the influxes of these algal masses is urgently needed to avoid permanent damage to the Caribbean reef systems.

    Watch the webinar recording below:

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  • Cybersecurity for Water Security in the Era of COVID-19 | October 21, 2020

    Title: Cybersecurity for Water Security in the COVID-19 Era

    Location: Zoom

    Date: October 21, 2020

    The International Webinar on Cybersecurity for Water Security in the Era of COVID-19 is co-sponsored by the UNESCO Chair on Sustainable Water Security in the Institute of Environment at Florida International University (FIU, USA) and the Escuela Politecnica del Litoral (ESPOL, Ecuador).

    Explore the event webpage for more information.

  • Workshop on Coastal Observation and Modeling Systems | September 8, 2020

    Title: Workshop on Coastal Observation and Modeling Systems

    Location: Zoom

    Date: September 8, 2020

    The workshop is designed to discuss observations and models associated with biophysical, social-behavioral, and economic systems in vulnerable coastal regions. Specifically, the workshop will focus on understanding the interactions of biophysical, social-behavioral, and economic systems in coastal regions, explicitly defining new data gaps that can be addressed by nongovernmental, local, regional, and federal networks for the formulation of a comprehensive Coastal Observatory, and the development of interoperability requirements of data and models.

    Explore the coastal observation and modeling systems workshop.

  • Wildlife in a Changed World - Rethinking Conservation During and After a Pandemic - Africa | September 1, 2020

    Title: Wildlife in a Changed World - Rethinking Conservation During and After a Pandemic - Africa

    Location: Zoom

    Date: Tuesday, September 1, 2020

    Conservation leaders in Africa discuss how the pandemic has changed the conservation landscape, the roles of grassroots organizations, international NGOs and funders, the importance of diversity and empowering local leaders, and the future of wildlife conservation in our changed world.

    Moderator:

    • Cristina M Gomes, PhD (Assistant Director,  Tropical Conservation Institute in the FIU Institute of Environment)

    Panelists: 

    To learn more about this webinar series, please visit the series webpage.

    View the webinar recording below:

  • 2020 International Conference on the Nile and Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam | August 20-21, 2020

    Title: 2020 International Conference on the Nile and Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam

    Location: Zoom

    Date: Thursday & FridayAugust 20-21, 2020

    This conference hopes to create a platform for international and national expertise to highlight and present their experience on historical and current Nile water issues and the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam. Experiences on international transboundary water management, the role of science in conflict resolutions and collaborations will be presented. Speakers from academia, government, international and national organizations working on water resources management, policy, regulations and development will be participating.

    Please visit the conference webpage for more information, including recordings of the conference sessions. 

  • Sustaining Miami's Water | July 29, 2020

    Title: Sustaining Miami's Water

    Location: Zoom

    Date: WednesdayJuly 29, 2020

    The webinar consisted of a thorough PPT presentation about what to do on your property and in your yard to protect our environment, our way of life, and Miami's drinking water quality. The presentation was followed by a panel of experts answering audience questions.

    Partners included the Sea Level Solutions Center in FIU's Institute of Environment, Miami Waterkeeper, the Tropical Audubon Society, the City of Miami's Office of Resilience and Sustainability, the Miami-Dade County Water and Sewer Department, the Little River Conservancy, the Miami Environmental Science Action Network (MESAN), FIU CARTA's Department of Journalism + Media and Steven Cruz Institute for Science, Media & Technology.

    You can view the webinar recording or download the PPT presentation.

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    This event is a part of the Miami-Dade County Environmental Education grant. Learn more about the grant and other related events on the project webpage.

  • Sustainable Practices for Events and Hospitality¬†Webinar | July 15, 2020

    Title: Sustainable Practices for Events and Hospitality Webinar

    Location: Zoom

    Date: WednesdayJuly 15, 2020

    The webinar consisted of a thorough PPT presentation about sustainable practices for events and the hospitality industry, and was followed by a panel of experts answering audience questions.

    Partners included the Sea Level Solutions Center in FIU's Institute of Environment, Ascendance Sustainable Eventsthe Miami Environmental Science Action Network (MESAN), FIU CARTA's Department of Journalism + Media, and FIU's Chaplin School of Hospitality and Tourism Management.

    You can view the webinar recording below or download the PPT presentation.

    This event is a part of the Miami-Dade County Environmental Education grant. Learn more about the grant and other related events on the project webpage.

  • Climate and Health Equity Webinar | June 17, 2020

    Title: Climate and Health Equity Webinar

    Location: Zoom

    Date: WednesdayJune 17, 2020

    The webinar consisted of a thorough PPT presentation about climate and health equity, and was followed by a panel of experts answering audience questions.

    Partners included the Sea Level Solutions Center in FIU's Institute of Environment, Life Sciences South Florida with the FIU Office of Engagement, Catalyst Miami, the Miami Environmental Science Action Network (MESAN), FIU CARTA's Department of Journalism + Media, FIU's Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine, the CLEO Institute, Florida Clinicians for Climate Action (FCCA), the Miami Foundation, and the Medical Society Consortium on Climate & Health.

    If you're participating in a heat monitoring event, don't forget to fill out the iButton depoloyment form. You can also sign up to participate in future events.

    You can view the webinar recording below or download the PPT presentation. You can also download a PDF of relevant sources.

    This event is a part of the Miami-Dade County Environmental Education grant. Learn more about the grant and other related events on the project webpage.

  • Wildlife in a Changed World - Wildlife Industry, Trade and Trafficking in the Americas and the Risks to Public Health | June 3, 2020

    Title: Wildlife in a Changed World - Wildlife Industry, Trade and Trafficking in the Americas and the Risks to Public Health

    Location: Zoom

    Date: Wednesday, June 3, 2020

    Professionals in wildlife care, management and policy discuss wildlife-health regulations, wildlife pathogens and potential human exposure risks across the Americas.

    Moderator:

    • Cristina M Gomes, PhD (Assistant Director,  Tropical Conservation Institute in the FIU Institute of Environment)

    Panelists: 

    • Vanda Felbab-Brown (Senior Fellow, Foreign Policy, Center for 21st Century Security and Intelligence, Brookings Institute)
    • Meredith Gore (Associate Professor, Department of Fisheries and Wildlife, Michigan State University)
    • Mark Davis (Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Arcadia Animal Hospital)
    • Paul Reillo, PhD (Director,  Tropical Conservation Institute in the FIU Institute of Environment; Director, Rare Species Conservatory Foundation)

    To learn more about this webinar series, please visit the series webpage.

    View the webinar recording below:

  • Wildlife in a Changed World - The Decision to Ban the Trade and Consumption of Wildlife in China | May 11, 2020

    Title: Wildlife in a Changed World - The Decision to Ban the Trade and Consumption of Wildlife in China

    Location: Zoom

    Date: Monday, May 11, 2020

    Experts in wildlife conservation and trade in China provide insights into the scope, implementation process, challenges and global impacts of the ban. 

    Moderator:

    • Cristina M Gomes, PhD (Assistant Director,  Tropical Conservation Institute in the FIU Institute of Environment)

    Panelists: 

    • Hong Liu, Ph.D. (Associate Professor, Institute of Environment, Florida International University)
    • Binbin Li, Ph.D. (Assistant Professor, Environmental Research Center, Duke Kunshan University)
    • Wuying Lin (Scientific Director, Guangxi Biodiversity Research and Conservation Association)

    To learn more about this webinar series, please visit the series webpage.

    If you would like to watch the recording of this session, please email us at tci@fiu.eduThe use of the data or figures shared in this webinar is not authorized. Please contact us for more details.

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  • Marine Science Virtual Seminar - Small But Mighty: How Microbes Influence the Future of Coral Reefs | May 6, 2020

    Title: Small But Mighty: How Microbes Influence the Future of Coral Reefs (By Dr. Jennifer Sneed)

    Location: Zoom

    Date: Wednesday, May 6, 2020

    Affiliation: Smithsonian Marine Station

    Dr. Sneed is a research biologist specializing in the roles of microbial life in mediating the ecological interactions of other marine organisms. She is particularly interested in the role of microbial communities in the recruitment processes of invertebrate larvae as well as the chemical cues involved in structuring host microbiomes and their effect on host health and ecology. Dr. Sneed will be discussing her research on the chemically mediated influence of marine bacteria on coral larval settlement.

    Watch the webinar recording below:

  • Wildlife in a Changed World - Wildlife Trade Policy | May 4, 2020

    Title: Wildlife in a Changed World - Wildlife Trade Policy

    Location: Zoom

    Date: Monday, May 4, 2020

    Experts in wildlife conservation, wildlife economy and international policy discuss the scope of current regulations, the human component and the future of wildlife trade.

    Moderator:

    • Cristina M Gomes, PhD (Assistant Director,  Tropical Conservation Institute in the FIU Institute of Environment)

    Panelists: 

    • Vanda Felbab-Brown, Ph.D. (Senior Fellow, Foreign Policy, Center for 21st Century Security and Intelligence, Brookings Institute) 
    • Susan Lieberman, Ph.D. (Vice-President, International Policy, Wildlife Conservation Society)
    • Paul Reillo, PhD (Director,  Tropical Conservation Institute in the FIU Institute of Environment; Director, Rare Species Conservatory Foundation)

    To learn more about this webinar series, please visit the series webpage.

    View the webinar recording below:

  • Earth Month Composting Webinar | April 28, 2020

    Title: Earth Month Composting Webinar

    Location: Zoom

    Date: TuesdayApril 28, 2020

    The webinar consisted of a thorough PPT presentation about composting (the impacts, how-to and the benefits), and was followed by a panel of experts answering audience questions. Partners included Sunshine Community Compost, the Miami Environmental Science Action Network (MESAN), FIU CARTA's Department of Journalism + Media, FIU CASE's Department of Earth and Environment, FIU's Miami Beach Urban Studios, FIU's Parking, Sustainability and Transportation Department, the FIU Student Government Association and the FIU Society for Sustainable Souls. 

    If you're composting, don't forget to fill out our MESAN Resource Monitor form. You can find more resources about composting on the MESAN website.

    You can also download or view the webinar recording or download the PPT presentation

    This event is a part of the Miami-Dade County Environmental Education grant. Learn more about the grant and other related events on the project webpage.

  • Wildlife in a Changed World - Parrot Conservation in Crisis II, Q&A | April 27, 2020

    Title: Wildlife in a Changed World - Parrot Conservation in Crisis II, Q&A Session

    Location: Zoom

    Date: Monday, April 27, 2020

    Experts in parrot conservation and zoonotic disease answered qustions related to the future of parrot conservation in light of the coronavirus pandemic, asked by attendees of our previous webinar.

    Moderator:

    • Cristina M Gomes, PhD (Assistant Director,  Tropical Conservation Institute in the FIU Institute of Environment)

    Panelists:

    • LoraKim Joyner, DVM (Co-director, One Earth Conservation)
    • Branson W Ritchie, PhD, DVM (Director, Technology Development and Implementation at  New Materials Institute; Director,  Infectious Diseases Laboratory)
    • Juan Carlos Cantú (Director,  Defenders of Wildlife Mexico)
    • Daniel Lebbin, PhD (Vice President of Threatened Species,  American Bird Conservancy)
    • Paul Reillo, PhD (Director,  Tropical Conservation Institute in the FIU Institute of Environment; Director, Rare Species Conservatory Foundation)

    To learn more about this webinar series, please visit the series webpage.

    View the webinar recording below:

  • Marine Science Virtual Seminar - Why We Need Open Science | April 15, 2020

    Title: Why We Need Open Science (By Dr. Dominique Roche)

    Location: Zoom

    Date: Wednesday, April 15, 2020

    Affiliation:Carleton University

    Dr. Roche is a fish biologist studying energetics, kinematics, ecomorphology, and behavioral and physiological ecology. He also keen interest in science policy and the open science movement. Dr. Roche will speak about his work in this area, evaluating journal policies on data archival in ecology and evolution, promoting data sharing with the broader public, increasing awareness, and facilitating dialogue with scientists, journal editors and the public about the improving open data practices.

    Watch the webinar recording below:

  • Wildlife in a Changed World - Parrot Conservation in Crisis | April 14, 2020

    Title: Wildlife in a Changed World - Parrot Conservation in Crisis

    Location: Zoom

    Date: Tuesday, April 14, 2020

    Experts in parrot conservation and zoonotic disease discuss the future of parrot conservation in light of the coronavirus pandemic. See information on the panelists below.

    Panelists:

    • LoraKim Joyner, DVM (Co-director, One Earth Conservation)
    • Branson W Ritchie, PhD, DVM (Director, Technology Development and Implementation at  New Materials Institute; Director,  Infectious Diseases Laboratory)
    • Juan Carlos Cantú (Director,  Defenders of Wildlife Mexico)
    • Daniel Lebbin, PhD (Vice President of Threatened Species,  American Bird Conservancy)
    • Paul Reillo, PhD (Director,  Tropical Conservation Institute in the FIU Institute of Environment; Director, Rare Species Conservatory Foundation)

    To learn more about this webinar series, please visit the series webpage.

    View the webinar recording below:

  • Marine Science Virtual Seminar - Mountains in the Sea: Explorations of New England Seamounts | April 10, 2020

    Title: Mountains in the Sea: Explorations of New England Seamounts (By Dr. Jon Moore)

    Location: Zoom

    Date: Friday, April 10, 2020

    Affiliation: Harriet L. Wilkes Honors College at Florida Atlantic University

    Dr. Moore is a marine biologist and oceanographer that specializes in the taxonomy and ecology of deep-sea fishes. He has led and participated in numerous offshore research cruises to study deep-sea taxa. Dr. Moore has also done an impressive amount of research on Florida natural wildlife, including: gopher tortoises, exotic lizards, manatees, lichens, and cacti. In this seminar, Dr. Moore will be discussing the results from offshore research cruises near seamounts off the coast of New England.

    Watch the webinar recording below:

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  • Coral Gables Virtual Community Discussion on Water and Water Quality | November 5, 2020

    Event Title: Coral Gables Virtual Community Discussion on Water and Water Quality

    Date: November 5, 2020

    Host Organization: City of Coral Gables & Commissioner Keon

    FIU Speaker (s): Todd Crowl, Tiffany Troxler

    Information: On November 5, 2020 Commissioner Keon and the City of Coral Gables held a virtual community discussion on water and water quality.

    Topics discussed during this meeting included:

    • South Florida watershed
    • FIU Research and Water Quality Projects
    • Biscayne Bay Task Force and what is being done at the County regarding improving the health of Biscayne Bay.
    • Coral Gables Storm-water system
    • City Water Quality Initiatives and Programs
    • How residents and businesses can get involved

     

     

    You can view the webinar recording above or download the speaker presentations on the City of Coral Gables event webpage.

  • InteRaCt Webinar Series: Community Resilience and the Role of Federal Support | September 18, 2020

    InteRaCt serves as an umbrella organization that incorporates the ongoing major activities at FIU related to infrastructure with emphasis on coastal regions. Our aim is to develop innovative engineering solutions to improve the resiliency of communities by addressing issues in surface transportation, water resources, utilities, communication and much more. 

    InteRaCt offers free webinar series. The intended audience of these webinars include engineers from various specialty areas and other professionals in the industry with topics such as natural hazards, including hurricanes, flooding and tornadoes.

    Event Title: Community Resilience and the Role of Federal Support

    Date: September 18, 2020

    Host Organization: FIU InteRaCt 

     

    You can view more of the InteRaCt webinars on their webinar archives webpage.

  • Coastal Solutions Workshop | July 23, 2020

    Event Title: Coastal Solutions Workshop: Modeling, Prediction, and Sensor Networks for Coastal Flooding in the US East Coast

    Date: July 23. 2020

    Host Organization: Ocean Visions

    FIU Speaker (s): Jayantha Obeysekera

    Information: In recent years, a growing number of projects are focusing on the design and implementation of integrated observing and modeling systems through sustained, active partnership with coastal communities facing more frequent and severe flooding. In an effort to coordinate and accelerate these parallel research efforts, and their translation into tangible solutions for community stakeholders, this workshop will provide a forum to identify synergies, best practices, and opportunities for greater collaboration amongst these researchers. 

    Dr. Jayantha Obeysekera of the FIU Institute of Environment's Sea Level Solutions Center will be presenting in the first session of the workshop. His talk is entitled "Climate Science Support to Stakeholders" and below is a summary of his project.

    Southeast Florida is already experiencing effects of rising sea levels, and in general, climate change. Environmental shocks and stresses have been predicted to increase both in terms of magnitude and frequency, and the resiliency programs in the region desire how evolving science should be used in planning of adaptation strategies. The Sea Level Solutions Center in the Institute of Environment at Florida International University has been assisting local and regional governments, nongovernmental organizations, and the general public to translate science for making planning decisions. Key research topics at the center include but are not limited to the prediction of flooding, understanding land-ocean interaction, smart and connected monitoring, regional water management, sea level rise projections, and understanding cascading impacts of hazards, and economic assessment. Citizen science is a major component of our project. The center is assisting the Florida Building Commission and the Florida Department of Transportation by conducting modeling to recommend how the planning and design guidance should be altered to address rising sea levels and changing rainfall. The center is also active in Everglades Research.

    You can view a video of his presentation or find out more information about this event.

  • Virtual Conversation: World Oceans Day 2020 | June 8, 2020

    Event Title: Virtual Conversation: World Oceans Day 2020

    Date: June 8, 2020

    Host Organization: U.S. Consulate General Perth, in partnership with the Western Australian Marine Science Institution

    FIU Speaker (s): James Fourqurean

    Information: The U.S. and Australia collaborate in many areas, including researching our oceans. The U.S. Consulate Perth celebrated World Oceans Day 2020 with a virtual event featuring Edith Cowan University (ECU)'s Oscar Serrano (speaking from Shark Bay, Western Australia) & Florida International University's James Fourqurean (Miami, Florida). They shared insights on blue carbon research, including U.S.-Australia collaboration to estimate the levels in Australia with a particular focus on seagrass. They also had great advice for young researchers.

    View the webinar recording to watch the whole event or find out about the key takeaways from the event in this CASE News article

  • Future of Coral: Climate Change and Coral Reefs in the U.S. and Okinawa | June 4, 2020

    Event Title: Future of Coral: Climate Change and Coral Reefs in the U.S. and Okinawa

    Date: June 4, 2020

    Host Organization: OIST Foundation

    FIU Speaker (s): Jose Eirin-Lopez

    Information: An OIST Foundation webinar about cutting-edge research in the U.S. and Japan on the impact of climate change on coral reefs. This webinar is part of the U.S.-Japan Science Synergy Series supported by the Japan-U.S. Friendship Commission. Featuring: Dr. Timothy Ravasi, Professor of Marine Science, Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology Graduate University (OIST) & Dr. Jose M. Eirin-Lopez, Associate Professor in the Department of Biological Sciences, Florida International University (Miami, Florida).

    View the webinar recording to watch the whole event or find out about the key takeaways from the event in this CASE News article