Florida is ground zero for climate change and sea level rise impacts all ecosystems. As the head of the FAU Harbor Branch Pillar, my hope is to equate ecosystem health with human health. With future science funding likely shifting focus to the coastal zone (both offshore and inshore), this provides us with an extraordinary opportunity. Watersheds and estuaries are an integral part of the coastal zone, and impacts of global climate change will require further study. FAU is uniquely positioned to provide science and engineering solutions to ecological problems. Being a state university, we can then take that science and connect it with local/regional communities, linking back to the entire population of Florida.