Victoria Gambale Named Clean Vessel Act Education Coordinator

Victoria (Vicki) Gambale, a former Community Engagement Program Director for The Bay Foundation, part of Santa Monica Bay’s National Estuary Program, has been named Florida Sea Grant’s Clean Vessel Act Education Coordinator. In her new role, Gambale will work collaboratively with Florida’s recreational boating community to reduce boat-based pollution. Her efforts are currently focused on…

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Three Sea Grant Agents Bringing Inclusion to Conservation

During Hispanic Heritage Month, we celebrate and honor the contributions and achievements of our Hispanic UF/IFAS Extension marine agents, who are championing efforts to protect and enhance Florida’s vital marine resources, as well as innovating new inclusion-minded solutions and local insight to meet the challenges of Hispanic communities of Florida. Since 2017, Victor Blanco, a…

Southeast and Caribbean Climate Alliance

Climate change alliance will address human health impacts

By: Tory Moore, 352-273-3566, torymoore@ufl.edu At the mention of climate change, most people think of melting ice and increasing global temperatures. While those are key elements of climate change, one of the lesser-known aspects is the direct impact on human health. Low-income communities, communities of color, rural communities and tribal and indigenous communities suffer the…

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Florida Sea Grant Bids A Fond Farewell to GIS Specialist & Student Coordinator

Florida Sea Grant bids a fond and optimistic farewell to Ms. Corina Guevara, our Student and Education Coordinator for the past seven years. Corina came to the United States from Guatemala in 2003, accompanying her husband, Christian, who was the recipient of a Fulbright Scholarship to pursue M.S. and then Ph.D. degrees from the University…

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Veteran Florida Sea Grant agent takes new role addressing critical harmful algae bloom research

By: Brad Buck Originally posted at UF/IFAS News Betty Staugler, Harmful Algal Bloom Liaison Betty Staugler, a veteran Florida Sea Grant UF/IFAS Extension agent will now work in a larger role to help mitigate harmful algal blooms nationwide. For 17 years as an Extension agent, Staugler has been based at the UF/IFAS Extension Charlotte County…

FSG Affiliate Researcher Ashley Smyth on CBS’s Mission Unstoppable

FSG Affiliate Researcher Talks Oysters & Ecosystems on CBS’s Mission Unstoppable

Updated 1/12/2020: The episode is now live. Enjoy below! Florida Sea Grant affiliate researcher, Ashley Smyth, will be featured this Saturday, January 9, on the CBS television show, Mission Unstoppable with Miranda Cosgrove! The program “celebrates women who have become superstars in STEM-related careers” and is geared to a K-12 audience. On the show, Smyth,…

Florida Sea Grant mourns the passing of LeRoy Creswell

LeRoy Creswell was a Florida Sea Grant extension agent in St. Lucie County from 2000 to 2011. From 2011 until his retirement in 2019, he was a regional extension program manager for Florida Sea Grant. He passed away last week after a long illness. An educator and researcher, his work focused on aquaculture, water quality, and youth and adult environmental education.   Some of his many accomplishments during his career with Florida Sea Grant included creating and managing a…