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UF researchers surprised to find microplastics in Florida Keys lagoons

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Researchers conducting a planned University of Florida-led study on plankton in two lagoons of the Florida Keys stumbled upon an unexpected presence in the course of their routine sampling: microplastics. A new… Read More

UF-led study connects Florida to the Smithsonian’s Forest Global Earth Observatory

A new University of Florida-led study established a Forest Global Earth Observatory (ForestGEO) research plot at the Ordway-Swisher Biological Station within a longleaf pine forest. These forests are a focus of restoration efforts because longleaf pine once dominated the southeastern Coastal Plain but only 3% of this forest type remains today. ForestGEO is… Read More

Experts Available: Piney Point Reservoir

The University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS) has experts in water quality, harmful algal blooms, soil, and other related issues. The faculty listed below can answer media questions regarding the ongoing… Read More

UF scientists help wildlife parks mobilize against poaching

Nyungwe National Park

Illegal poaching is a threat to wildlife conservation around the world. Park rangers can combat poaching, but they can be used more strategically. UF researchers have developed tools to help park managers use ranger patrols… Read More

UF scientists to probe downstream ecological impacts of stormwater ponds

Florida teems with rain. Depending on where you live, you might get 40 to 60 inches annually. That rain must go somewhere. Enter Florida’s 76,000 stormwater pods. When it rains, the water runs off the… Read More

UF/IFAS Florida Sea Grant survey seeks public input on existing Florida red tide communications

image - FWC courtesy drone view of Red Tide along Florida's coast

[inlinetweet prefix=”” tweeter=”” suffix=””]University of Florida researchers want to hear from Florida residents and visitors to gauge the value and accessibility of information pertaining to Florida red tide events.[/inlinetweet] Florida red tides, harmful algal blooms caused by the… Read More

UF scientists predict potential spread of disease vector mosquito new to Florida

UF/IFAS scientists predict where in Florida environmental conditions may be suitable for Aedes scapularis to spread, now that it has invaded the Florida Peninsula. Aedes scapularis can transmit yellow fever virus, Venezuelan equine encephalitis virus,… Read More

How UF scientists are predicting the future of the Suwannee River Basin

Aerial view of Suwannee River

[inlinetweet prefix=”” tweeter=”” suffix=””]Like so much of Florida, the Suwannee River Estuary is changing, with shifts in land- and water-use reshaping the area’s environment and economy in the next several decades.[/inlinetweet] But before that future… Read More