Some climate change questions answered as hurricane season peaks, wildfires rage

By: Brad Buck, 813-757-2224, bradbuck@ufl.edu, 352-875-2641 (cell)  Wildfires out west? Check. Tropical storms or hurricanes hovering – seemingly everywhere? Check. Those are just two of the potentially catastrophic events caused in part by climate change, say University of Florida experts.  “Our climate is changing and, with that, comes more extreme events,” said Ashley Smyth, an assistant professor of soil…

UF/IFAS wants to hear from those impacted by the red tide of 2017-2019

  By: Brad Buck, UF/IFAS Public Relations Specialist, 813-757-2224, bradbuck@ufl.edu, 352-875-2641 (cell)    University of Florida researchers want to hear from marine businesses impacted by the 2018 red tide event that occurred between October of 2017 and January of 2019.   Respondents will have until September 25 to complete the appropriate online questionnaire.  “We will run the surveys statewide with an initial focus of our analyses in Southwest Florida and then a longer,…

FFWCC awards UF/IFAS Florida Sea Grant $92K to create communication plan alerting public of expected Florida red tide events

FORT PIERCE, Fla. – Harmful algal blooms (HABs) of the toxin-producing dinoflagellate Karenia brevis occur regularly within the Gulf of Mexico. Despite the frequency of these red tide events and the amount of publicly available information, there persists a gap in knowledge about the organism itself, management actions, and the real and perceived health risks to Florida’s residents and tourists.   …

Attendees of UF Water Symposium pose together for picture

Science Writing Workshop at 7th Annual UF Water Institute Symposium

As part of an effort to share Florida’s biggest water stories with broader audiences, University of Florida Water Institute, the UF Thompson Earth Systems Institute, Florida Sea Grant and the UF Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences have organized the first-ever Water Resources Journalism Intensive (WRJI), a crash course on how to cover a scientific conference for journalism students pursuing careers in science writing…

New Position to Help Communicate Algal Bloom Research

At a time when red tide and other harmful algal blooms are increasingly in the news and on people’s minds, Florida Sea Grant is teaming with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science (NCCOS) to provide bloom information to audiences that need it most. State agencies, local governments, businesses, researchers…

Florida Friendly Fishing Guide

Fishing Guides Can Now Be Certified as Environmentally Friendly

Fishing is big business in Florida, contributing several billion dollars each year to the state’s economy. Fishing guides are an important part of that industry, providing locals and tourists with authentic Florida fishing experiences. Anglers who want to make their hobby more sustainable can now easily identify guides who know how to reduce the environmental…

Thomas Ruppert Receives Florida Climate Institute Award

Thomas Ruppert, Florida Sea Grant coastal planning specialist, was recently named a 2019 Florida Climate Institute Faculty Fellow for his work helping coastal communities understand the legal and financial implications of increased coastal flooding associated with sea level rise and climate change. The Florida Climate Institute (FCI) is a consortium of 10 Florida universities working…