Category: Water

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

Stormwater Ponds May Harbor Invasive Plants, UF/IFAS Research Finds

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Stormwater ponds are prevalent throughout Florida’s urban and residential landscapes, but University of Florida researchers are looking into whether these engineered ecosystems support the spread of invasive plant species. An ongoing UF Institute of Food… Read More

Battling Invasive Plants Good Investment, but More Funding Needed, Study Finds

For decades, Florida communities have battled invasive plants on land and water. These plants disrupt native ecosystems and livelihoods, and more arrive each year. Now a new study from the University of Florida and The Nature Conservancy shows… Read More

UF/IFAS Urges Permeable Pavement to Help Reduce Pollutants

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Instead of rain bouncing off pavement and carrying nutrients down to a drain or retention pond, some pavement actually absorbs water. It’s called permeable pavement, and it minimizes pollutants such as nitrogen from getting into… Read More

May is American Wetlands Month

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — With 20% of the nation’s wetlands, Florida is a prime location to observe American Wetlands Month. As Peter Frederick, a University of Florida research professor, puts it: “You don’t have to go very far in… 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

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

UF Hosts Free Family Fishing Days

By Kim Scotto-Kelly The UF/IFAS School of Forest Resources and Conservation kicks off its first 2019 Family Fishing Day this Saturday, Mar. 23 from 8 a.m. to noon. The free, monthly event is held at 7922 NW 71st Street… 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