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Category: Natural Resources

Stock Assessment: Using Science to Protect Our Fisheries

photo of docks and fisheries in Cedar Key, Florida. Photo taken 10-22-20.

A new publication, What is stock assessment?, explains how managers monitor populations of fish and make decisions to ensure the sustainability of a fishery. How do managers determine catch limits? It may seem simple: if… Read More

Contaminants in the Urban Environment: Microplastics

Plastic, plastic everywhere! We live in a world where we are surrounded by plastic: from packaging materials and cutlery to plastic appliances and medical devices. Since the mid-twentieth century, plastic has been a boon to… Read More

Understanding Nitrogen Transformations and Cycling for Sweet Corn Production in Sandy Soils

Because sandy soils have low water and nutrient-holding capacities and Florida experiences high rainfall periodically, optimizing fertilizer use efficiency for sweet corn production is challenging. The preparation of nitrogen budgets and the implementation of effective… Read More

Sand-Clay Mix in Phosphate Mine Reclamation: Characteristics and Land Use

Inlet pipe depositing sand-clay mix

Phosphate rock is a key component in producing fertilizer and many other economically important products.  Getting phosphate rock out of the ground produces a by-produce called phosphate clay, which mining operations must return to the… Read More

Strategies to Encourage Adoption of Stormwater Pond Best Management Practices (BMPs) by Homeowners

Water lily

Man-made ponds can be a useful way to collect, store, and treat stormwater runoff in residential areas. However, these ponds can become polluted when runoff contains fertilizers, pesticides, and pet waste from the neighborhood. This… Read More