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Volume 8, Issue 1
January 11, 2018

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Publications

Circadian Rhythms of Retinomotor Movement in a Marine Megapredator, the Atlantic Tarpon, Megalops atlanticus

Circadian Rhythms of Retinomotor Movement in a Marine Megapredator, the Atlantic Tarpon, Megalops atlanticus

Inappropriate light exposure can disrupt circadian rhythms in humans, rodents and birds. But little research has been conducted on marine fish living in artificially lit coastal regions. This study assesses the effects of light on biological clock function in Atlantic tarpon.
Classification and Analysis of VMS Data in Vertical Line Fisheries: Incorporating Uncertainty into Spatial Distributions

Classification and Analysis of VMS Data in Vertical Line Fisheries: Incorporating Uncertainty into Spatial Distributions

Commercial fishing fleets play a critical role in the population dynamics of exploited stocks. This study uses vessel monitoring systems to develop spatial distributions of catch, fishing effort and catch per unit effort to investigate changes in the Gulf of Mexico reef fish fishery over six years.
Seawalls & Sea-Level-Rise-Induced Flooding: Addressing Public and Private Infrastructure

Seawalls and Sea-Level-Rise-Induced Flooding: Addressing Public and Private Infrastructure

Sea-level rise is one of the greatest issues plaguing South Florida. In this article, Florida Sea Grant coastal planning specialist Thomas Ruppert discusses how officials in Fort Lauderdale are responding to rising seas in a unique way. The article begins on page 4.
Dynamics of Cyanobacteria Blooms are Linked to the Hydrology of Shallow Florida Lakes and Provide Insight into Possible Impacts of Climate Change

Dynamics of Cyanobacteria Blooms are Linked to the Hydrology of Shallow Florida Lakes and Provide Insight into Possible Impacts of Climate Change

This study, conducted by Florida Sea Grant director Karl Havens, analyzes an 18-year dataset from seven shallow lakes in Florida and provides insight into the hydrologic factors controlling the dynamics and occurrence of harmful algal blooms.
Florida's Climate: Changes, Variations and Impacts

Florida's Climate: Changes, Variations and Impacts

Florida's climate continues to be one of its most important assets. This book provides a thorough review of the current state of research on Florida's climate for students, policy makers and the public. Check out these chapters written by Florida Sea Grant specialists.
2017 Update: Predators and Parasites Challenge the Oysters

2017 Update: Predators and Parasites Challenge the Oysters

After the Apalachicola Bay oyster fishery collapse in 2012, researchers have been developing restoration and management plans to bring the oysters back. Read this report for the latest project update.
Responsible Boating Protects Seagrass

Responsible Boating Protects Seagrass

With so many boaters in Florida, there is significant risk of damage to seagrass meadows. This new fact sheet explains how boaters can do their part to help Florida's marine habitats remain intact for future generations.
Responsible Boating Protects Coral Reefs

Responsible Boating Protects Coral Reefs

Increased traffic on the water can bring potential risks, particularly to fragile coral reefs. This new fact sheet explains what boaters can do to help protect the only living barrier reef system in the continental U.S. while also preventing costly boat damage.
Oil Spill Science in the Gulf of Mexico

Oil Spill Science in the Gulf of Mexico

Extension specialists with the Sea Grant oil spill science outreach program have produced new titles about oil spill science in the Gulf of Mexico.
HACCP Training

Revised Seafood HACCP Training Models

These newly revised Model HACCP Plans are intended to help HACCP course participants understand the basic principles of HACCP by going through the process of developing their own Hazard Analysis and HACCP plan using the FDA Fish and Fishery Products Hazards and Controls Guide.
Less-Than-Fee Beachfront Aquisition Strategies to Protect and Enhance Sea Turtle Nesting Habitat in Florida

Less-Than-Fee Beachfront Acquisition Strategies to Protect and Enhance Sea Turtle Nesting Habitat in Florida

This report analyzes the use of less-than-fee property interests on coastal properties as a tool to protect Florida's beaches from anthropogenic effects, with the specific goal of preserving sea turtle habitat.
Adding loci improves phyogeographic resolution in red mangroves despite missing data

Adding Loci Improves Phylogeographic Resolution in Red Mangroves Despite Increased Missing Data

This study used thousands of pieces of genetic information to assess how different red mangroves in Florida are related to one another. Results found two lineages, one from the Gulf and one from the Atlantic. However, results showed mangroves from Cape Canaveral unexpectedly originated along the Gulf.
Hurricane Loss Analysis Based on the Population-Weighted Index

Hurricane Loss Analysis Based on the Population-Weighted Index

The main measures used to quantify hurricane loss are normalized percentage loss and dollar value loss, which are useful but do not reflect the size of the population affected. This study proposes a new loss measure that more accurately reflects the amount of people affected by a hurricane.
florida horseshoe crab watch

Florida Horseshoe Crab Watch Volunteer Training Manual

The Florida Horseshoe Crab Watch trains volunteers to track crab movements, reappearances on beaches, and population numbers. This 22-page, full-color training manual is given to volunteers to keep the data standardized, so it can be used in resource management. For a copy of the manual, contact Florida Sea Grant Agent Savanna Barry at: savanna.barry@ufl.edu
Mobilizing volunteers to sustain local suppression of a global marine invasion

Mobilizing Volunteers to Sustain Local Suppression of a Global Marine Invasion

This study evaluated volunteer attempts to eliminate the invasive lionfish during annual lionfish derby events in the Atlantic ocean. Results showed from 2012-2014, these single-day derbies reduced lionfish densities by 52 percent.
Along-Wind Response of High-Rise Buildings Subjected to Hurricane Boundary Layer Winds

Along-Wind Response of High-Rise Buildings Subjected to Hurricane Boundary Layer Winds

Recent studies show that characteristics of hurricane surface winds are different than those of nonhurricane surface winds. This study quantifies how these differences influence along-wind response of high-rise buildings in an open terrain.
Along-wind buffeting responses of wind turbines subjected to hurricanes considering unsteady aerodynamics of the tower

Along-Wind Buffeting Responses of Wind Turbines Subjected to Hurricanes Considering Unsteady Aerodynamics of the Tower

This study investigates the along-wind responses of a parked wind turbine subjected to hurricane forces by considering unsteady tower dynamics and recent proposed models for hurricanes.
Buffeting response analysis of offshore wind turbines subjected to hurricanes

Buffeting Response Analysis of Offshore Wind Turbines Subjected to Hurricanes

How does hurricane wind affect offshore wind turbines? This study investigates the effects of new hurricane turbulence models on offshore wind turbines by considering unsteady aerodynamic forces on the tower and interactions between the wind, waves, soil and structures.
Surface pressure distribution on patterned cylinders under simulated atmospheric boundary layer winds

Surface Pressure Distribution on Patterned Cylinders Under Simulated Atmospheric Boundary Layer Winds

Previous research has been conducted on pressure distribution of cylindrical models under uniform and laminar flow conditions. But typical high-rise buildings are under the atmospheric boundary layer (ABL). This study quantifies how surface patterns can reduce the suction zone using a simulated ABL.
Using Boundary Organizations to Address Complex Environmental Issues: Case Study of the NOAA-AOML Sea Grant Liaison Position

Using Boundary Organizations to Address Complex Environmental Issues: Case Study of the NOAA-AOML Sea Grant Liaison Position

This publication describes the 20-year evolution of a Sea Grant liaison position structured to link academic, government and NGOs to improve communications about the South Florida ecosystem, and to better inform decision making.
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Videos

Looking for Research Funding? 2018 Scholarship Application Periods Open

Looking for Research Funding? 2018 Scholarship Application Periods Open

Are you looking for money to fund your research? This video outlines some of Florida Sea Grant's open scholarship opportunities for 2018. Check out the full list on our Scholarships and Fellowships page.
Florida horseshoe crab watch

Florida Horseshoe Crab Watch Training Videos

These training videos orient volunteers to the sampling procedures for the Florida Horseshoe Crab Watch citizen science program. All new volunteers must participate in a formal training workshop before participating. Visit the Florida Horseshoe Crab Watch page for more info.
7 Tips for Applying to Scholarships

7 Tips for Applying to Scholarships

Are you applying for scholarships, but not sure where to start? Check out this short video for seven tips to help strengthen your application and secure those much needed research dollars.

On the Web

Meet the 2018 John A. Knauss Fellows

Meet the 2018 John A. Knauss Fellows

Four graduate students at Florida universities have received the John A. Knauss Marine Policy Fellowship, recognizing their outstanding achievement in marine and coastal policy research. Read our web story to learn more about the fellows and what they plan to accomplish in the nation's capital over the next year.
New Research Announced to Study Red Snapper Abundance in Gulf of Mexico

New Research Announced to Study Red Snapper Abundance in Gulf of Mexico

A team of university and government scientists, has been awarded $9.5 million in federal funds to conduct an independent study to estimate the number of red snapper in Gulf of Mexico federal waters. Read our web story to learn more.
Florida Sea Grant Receives $1.1 Million to Support Aquaculture Research

Florida Sea Grant Receives $1.1 Million to Support Aquaculture Research

As part of a national initiative to increase aquaculture production, three Florida Sea Grant researchers have been awarded more than $1.1 million by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration for projects in both fish and shellfish farming. Read our web story to learn more.
Building a Living Shoreline in Centipede Bay

Building a Living Shoreline in Centipede Bay

In an effort to improve water quality and reduce erosion along the shoreline of Hernando County, a Florida Sea Grant team is working to restore oyster reefs and marsh grasses in a Bay that is starved for fish habitat. Read our web story to learn more.
Florida Sea Grant Agent Inspires Flagler County Students' Green Initiative

Florida Sea Grant Agent Inspires Flagler County Students' Green Initiative

The Flagler County School District officially switched to lunch trays made of recycled paper, thanks to the efforts of students, teachers and the Florida Sea Grant Microplastic Awareness Program. Read our web story to learn more.
Request for Proposals: 2018-2020 Sea Grant National Aquaculture Initiative

Request for Proposals: 2018-2020 Sea Grant National Aquaculture Initiative

Florida Sea Grant is now seeking proposals for the 2018 Ocean, Coastal and Great Lakes National Aquaculture Initiative. The deadline to submit proposals is March 2, 2018. For more information, read our web story.
Florida Trend Report: Reality, Risk & Rising Seas

Florida Trend Report: Reality, Risk and Rising Seas

The shifting line between water and beach in Florida has a major impact on local governments' ability to manage costs, infrastructure and liability. Read more in this Florida Trend report featuring Florida Sea Grant coastal planning specialist Thomas Ruppert. This report is also available in a PDF.
Plastic in Paradise

Plastic in Paradise: Microplastics

The Florida Microplastic Awareness Project aims to document the extent of microplastic pollution in the Gulf of Mexico. Read this report on pages 24-25 of Gulf Coast Mariner Magazine to learn more.

Extension Newsletters

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