$5,170,947 Raised for the Florida Center of Coastal and Human Health

Indian River Lagoon

Founding Funder

The FAU Harbor Branch Florida Center for Coastal and Human Health was made possible with funding from the Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute Foundation.

Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute Foundation

Grants Awarded to FCCHH Researchers:

“Monitoring prevalence of microcystin toxins in the IRL using Solid Phase Adsorption Toxin”. M. Twardowski. National Estuary Program. $99,000. Start date 7/1/2020. 

“The Harmful Algal Bloom Assessment of Lake Okeechobee (HALO)”. J. Beckler, D. Hanisak, T. Moore, M. McFarland, B. Kirkpatrick, S. Duncan (Navocean), Y. Tang, M. Jiang, A. Schaefer, A. Nayak. Florida Department of Environmental Protection. $2,200,000. 7/1/2020-6/30/2022.

"Understanding the distribution, foraging ecology, and health of green turtles inhabiting the lower Florida Keys”. B. Zirkelbach (The Turtle Hospital) and A. Page-Karjian. Force Blue. $4357.

“Adapting a new ocean color algorithm to enhance water quality and validation capabilities for the future Sentinel constellation”. M. Twardowski. NASA. $652,000. 6/17/2019-6/16/2023

“Sea Surface Salinity from a CUBESAT with Novel Spatial Light Modulator Imaging System”. M. Twardowski. Office of Naval Research. $500,000. 8/1/2019-7/31/2021.

“AQUALOOKS: Improving atmospheric correction and aquatic particle retrieval with bidirectional remote sensing data”. M. Twardowski. Belgian Federal Science Policy Office. $27,335. 7/1/2019-12/31/2021.

“Long term human health impacts for harmful algal blooms”. A. Schaefer. Florida Department of Health. $269,285. 1/1/2020-6/30/2020.

“Microbial Source Tracking in Lee County Waterways”. B Lapointe. Lee County, FL. $585,000. 1/17/2020- 10/31/2021.

“Comprehensive diet description for the Whitespotted Eagle Ray (Aetobatus narinari) in Florida”. M. Ajemian. Mote Scientific Foundation. $15,577.

“Elucidating the response of juvenile bull sharks (Carcharhinus leucas) to harmful algal blooms”. L. Brewster. Save our Seas Foundation. $8,990. 

“Green turtle health, biotoxin exposure, and foraging ecology in Lake Worth Lagoon, Florida”. A. Page-Karjian. $23,470. Start date 5/1/2020

"Microalgae and Harmful Algal Bloom Monitoring”. J. Sullivan and M. McFarland. Indian River Lagoon National Estuary Program. $50,000. 10/1/2019 – 9/30/2020.

“Improving methods of phytoplankton and harmful algal bloom monitoring in the Southern Indian River Lagoon”. M. McFarland and D. Hanisak. Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute Foundation. $64,493. 7/1/2019 – 6/30/2020. 

“Understanding the production and regulation of the neurotoxin Saxitoxin in Pyrodinium bahamense isolated from the IRL”, G. Wang. Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute Foundation. $35,000. 7/1/2019-6/30/2020. 

“Precipitation, water management, and algae blooms in South Florida Estuaries”. C. Hu (USF), M. Jiang, B. Lapointe, and M. McFarland. NASA. $507,430. 7/15/2019-7/14/2023.

“Microbial Source Tracking Data Analysis”, B. Lapointe. City of Port St. Lucie. $123,010. 10/01/2018 – 05/31/2020.

“Evaluation of Toxins from Harmful Algal Blooms in Local Residents During Bloom Events in South Florida” A. Schaefer. Florida Atlantic University Foundation. SpringBoard Program. $6,000. 

Other Funding Sources

Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute Foundation

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