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eel
July 28, 2021
In the depths of the ocean, soft-corals sway in the current while sponges sit immobile and anchored to rocks. These animals may be the key to curing diseases such as Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) and...
Loggerhead Sea Turtles, Rehabilitation, Georgia, Nutrition, Diet, Sea Turtles
July 27, 2021
FAU Harbor Branch scientists and collaborators followed their "gut instinct" to address the nutritional needs of Georgia's debilitated loggerhead sea turtles in rehabilitation.
NASA, Benthic Lander, Gulf of Mexico, Grant, Coastal Carbon Budget, Space, Satellite Images, Hydrodynamic Modeling, Field Work
June 29, 2021
The FAU Harbor Branch project will use satellite images, hydrodynamic modeling and field work in the Gulf of Mexico. FAU is among 10 in the nation and the only university in Florida selected by NASA.
EDUCATING AREA YOUTH TO KEEP THE SEA FREE OF DEBRIS
June 24, 2021
FAU Harbor Branch received a $100,000 award from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to create the “Keep the Sea Free of Debris” Junior Ambassador Program. The program aims to teach children in underserved...
Indian River Lagoon, Water Surface, Toxins, Harmful Algal Blooms, Ecosystem, Environment, Pollution, Water Quality, Marine Health, Human Health
June 24, 2021
According to a new study by researchers at FAU Harbor Branch, that depends on very specific environmental conditions and the type of toxin on the water surface of Florida's Indian River Lagoon.
Ocean Current, Straits of Florida, Eddies, Oceanography, Coral Reef Ecosystem, Florida Current, Western Atlantic Ocean
June 17, 2021
A numerical study by FAU Harbor Branch is the first to identify mechanisms of instability responsible for the formation of sub-mesoscale eddies, which has important environmental implications.
SARGASSUM NOW WORLD’S LARGEST HARMFUL ALGAL BLOOM DUE TO NITROGEN
May 24, 2021
For centuries, pelagic Sargassum, floating brown seaweed, have grown in low nutrient waters of the North Atlantic Ocean, supported by natural nutrient sources like excretions from fishes and invertebrates, upwelling and nitrogen...
Sargassum, Seaweed, Nitrogen, Harmful Algal Blooms, Pollution, Beaches, Palm Beach County, Chemistry, Dead Zone, Sewage, Coastal Ecosystems, Marine Science, Nutrient Pollution, Environment
May 24, 2021
FAU Harbor Branch scientists have discovered that a surge in nitrogen worldwide has dramatically changed the chemistry and composition of Sargassum, floating brown seaweed, turning it into a toxic "dead zone."
Gopher Tortoises, Hatchlings, Southeastern Florida, Vulnerable Species, Health Assessment, Pathogens, Infectious Diseases, Turtles
May 12, 2021
FAU researchers have conducted a comprehensive health assessment of gopher tortoises at two sites in southeastern Florida, which provides important baseline information on this vulnerable species.
DR. MARY ESTHER RICE (1926-2021)
May 04, 2021
Upon completion of her Ph.D. in 1966, Mary Rice was appointed Curator and Research Zoologist in the National Museum of Natural History's Department of Invertebrate Zoology. Mary was one of the first female research scientists...