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Category: Coasts & Marine

Newly banned beach weed threatens sea turtle nesting sites

With this year’s sea turtle nesting season nearing its conclusion in Florida, many of the protected species’ newest hatchlings have completed their first big journey from their sandy nests to the water. But a crawling plant introduced to… Read More

Scientists, Florida Sea Grant specialist to share decade of research, post-Gulf oil spill

A decade after the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, a UF/IFAS Florida Sea Grant specialist will join other experts to summarize what they’ve learned about the Gulf of Mexico’s ecosystem in a virtual town hall-type meeting. Monica Wilson, who’s… Read More

Coming Soon: Nature Coast Currents

Starting September 17, the UF/IFAS Nature Coast Biological Station will host several live virtual events showcasing the latest scientific research and projects happening on the Nature Coast. These events are free and open to the public  Registrants will… Read More

How toxic is the air from red tide today? FWC grants UF scientists $200K to develop new technology

image-karenia brevis- red tide- credit FWC

DAVIE, Fla. — Two University of Florida scientists are the recipients of a $200,000 grant from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. They will use that money over the next 10 months to develop the methodology leading… Read More

UF/IFAS wants to hear from those impacted by the red tide of 2017-2019

University of Florida researchers want to hear from marine businesses impacted by the 2018 red tide event that occurred between October of 2017 and January of 2019. Respondents will have until September 25 to complete the appropriate online… Read More

Simple trap effective against invasive lionfish, study shows

All photos and video courtesy of Alex Fogg. A relatively inexpensive and simply designed trap shows promise as a tool for combating the invasive lionfish, according to new research from the University of Florida published in PLOS ONE…. Read More

Response requested from ag and marine industry professionals for new round of surveys on pandemic effects

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — University of Florida researchers have opened the second round of surveys on COVID-19’s impact on the state’s agriculture and marine industries, intended to capture changes in operations for the first half of the year. The… Read More

UF/IFAS scientists to shed light on aquatic symbiosis with a squid

image - research - Hawaiian bobtail squid - credit Sarah McNulty

MERRIT ISLAND, Fla. – The Hawaiian bobtail squid is a glowing example of aquatic symbiosis. It stands out as a unique cephalopod that lives with a light organ run by a luminescent bacterium, or microbes.  The bacterium allows… Read More

Florida Sea Grant and UF/IFAS name new associate director of Extension and education

As a child growing up in Bermuda, Maia McGuire knew how to swim before she could walk and spent every spare moment exploring the ocean’s shore with her father. Now, she will lead UF/IFAS Extension and Florida Sea… Read More