Category: Coasts & Marine

Climate Change Will Mean Mass Movement of Wildlife — How Scientists Say We Can Prepare

When polar bears began showing up in Russian Siberia this year, experts suggested climate change may be a cause. Higher temperatures were melting ice in the Arctic, which polar bears rely on to hunt. The hungry bears had… Read More

UF/IFAS Extension Nature Coast Master Gardeners Project Receives International Recognition

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Florida’s climate supports the growth of all varieties of plants, from native to exotic species. But University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences experts have long worked to educate the public on identifying… Read More

June 1 is World Reef Awareness Day, Citizen Scientists See the Habitats’ Importance First-Hand

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Worldwide, coral reefs comprise less than 1% of the ocean floor, and yet they provide habitat for around 25% of the world’s marine fish species. Corals are also sensitive living organisms threatened by diseases, temperature… Read More

UF/IFAS Helps Coastal Communities Prepare for Post-Disaster Redevelopment

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — With the 2019 hurricane season practically here, the University of Florida is poised to help Manatee County and several cities in the Tampa Bay region update their post-disaster redevelopment plans. That means helping communities know… Read More

Celebrate Earth Day with UF/IFAS

Every Earth Day needs a scientific perspective. The University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences has hundreds of scientists and educators ready to share scientific insights into today’s most important environmental issues. See below to some… Read More

Florida Sea Grant Specialist to Conduct Workshop, Get Feedback on Oil Spills

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Among her many duties, University of Florida Sea Grant specialist Monica Wilson tries to connect researchers and oil spill responders so they understand how to deal with such events. That’s because the livelihoods of so… Read More

UF/IFAS Launches Gulf Marine Animal Tracking Website

By Kim Scotto GAINESVILLE, Fla — Animal migrations are some of the most dramatic natural events on the planet, from wildebeest on the Serengeti to monarch butterflies traveling to Mexico. In fish, an iconic example of migration is… Read More

Gov. DeSantis Appoints UF’s Tom Frazer as Chief Science Officer

Governor Ron DeSantis announced Monday that University of Florida scientist Tom Frazer will be the state’s first Chief Science Officer. Frazer will lead efforts to address some of Florida’s most critical environmental challenges, including red tide and harmful… Read More

Citizen Scientists Needed to Survey Seagrass, Seaweed in Charlotte Harbor

Soon snorkelers will begin canvassing the floor of Charlotte Harbor. They’ll be on a scavenger hunt of sorts—a hunt for data. The data they collect will help scientists get a better picture of the health of the harbor,… Read More

Weekly Discovery Days Invite Public to Explore Marine Ecology

Who:    UF/IFAS Nature Coast Biological Station What:    Discovery Days are a chance for families and individuals of all ages to get an up-close look at the animals, plants and ecosystems that make up the Nature Coast. Attendees will… Read More