Queen Conch (current scientific name Alger gigas, formerly Strombus gigas) is such an iconic animal in the Florida Keys that local born residents are called “conchs,” especially those living near Key West, Florida. Most locals have ... READ MORE
Visiting different properties around the Keys, I’ve noticed an increased number of Mexican petunia plants, Ruellia simplex, covered in white patches. These aren’t mealybugs or whiteflies, it is caused by gall mites and it's the plants ... READ MORE
Please Report Signs of Disease
We are asking for divers and snorkelers to be on the lookout for long-spined sea urchins with and without signs of disease.
The long-spined sea urchin Diadema antillarum is a keystone species on Florida’s ... READ MORE
In March 2022, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) announced Florida has reached the threshold of 1 million registered recreational boats! If you add in the number of commercial boats for charters, flats guides, trap ... READ MORE
We rely on professionals – individuals with special expertise and training, such as biologists or planners to make decisions about best practices to guide development, policies and operations.
When it comes to climate change, who is the ... READ MORE
The holidays are not here yet, I know. But the media is reporting holiday chaos. With shipping disruptions and limited supply they insist that we need to be shopping NOW! Maybe this year we can rethink what and with who we want to celebrate.
After ... READ MORE
As a UF/IFAS extension agent I, like all my extension colleagues, receive a lot of resources about the state of the current COVID-19 pandemic. However, as someone who specializes in water resources, I couldn’t envision how COVID-19 would impact ... READ MORE
Virtually all of the plastic ever produced has been created since WWII. Prior to that, plastic products and packaging as we know them did not exist. Products made from plastic dominate our lives, and in many ways have improved the quality ... READ MORE
Monroe County Board of County Commissioners recently passed a fertilizer ordinance with the intent of limiting nutrient applications to turf and landscape plants. Nutrients such as phosphorus and nitrogen, have the potential to contribute to ... READ MORE
Seahorses are in the Animal Kingdom and in the phylum Chordata, which means they have backbones. They are teleosts – which means they are in fact fish! Seahorses and all of their related cousins are in the family Syngnathidae, named because ... READ MORE