March 2021 Newsletter
Join us TODAY, Thursday, March 4 at 6 pm to hear from experts on the ways that climate change and health issues, as well as potential solutions, are interconnected. Attendees will learn ways they can take action in their studies, careers and everyday lives to affect larger change.

Moderated by Sarah L. McKune, MPH, PhD
Assistant Professor, Department of Environmental and Global Health, Center for African Studies

In case you missed our recent podcast series, you can listen to the recordings ||here||
Several North Atlantic hurricane season records were broken in 2020, including the formation of 30 named storms (previous record was 28), 12 of which made landfall in the US (previous record was 9). What were the impacts of such an active season on water management in Florida?

Facilitated by Karen Schlatter, Research Coordinator of the University of Florida Water Institute and Coordinator for the Florida Water & Climate Alliance, this webinar will feature a panel session to discuss the 2020 hurricane season, impacts to utilities and water management districts, and the challenges associated with disaster/crisis communication in Florida related to climate change.

CABI Agriculture and Biosciences is soliciting research manuscripts and novel contributions to a special collection entitled: Co-Benefits and Tradeoffs to Food Security from Mitigation and Adaptation in Agriculture.

The submission deadline is November 30, 2021

UF Scientists Set To Study Spread Of Florida’s Invasive Species
A team of scientists from the University of Florida hopes to address the invasive species problem by predicting how invasive species will move and migrate over the next 50 years as climate change, urbanization and other factors reshape the landscape.
Brett Scheffers, assistant professor at UF and the project’s principal investigator, said most of Florida’s invasive species are located in South Florida — but climate change and other trends could push these animals north.

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Other Upcoming Events & Webinars
Climate and Racial Justice Talk Series | March 22 & May 3 | Virtual
2021 National Stormwater and Watershed Conference | April 13 - 16, 2021 | Virtual
Preview: Gulf of Mexico Conference | April 14, 2021 | Virtual
Florida Climate Week | April 19 - 24, 2021 | Virtual
Water Quality and Quantity Resilience | May 20, 2021 | Virtual
Environmental Resiliency for Tomorrow | June 14 - 17, 2021 | Virtual
At What Point Managed Retreat? 2021 Conference | June 29 - July 1, 2021 | Virtual
Job, Internship, and Fellowship Opportunities
Natural Resources Administrator | Broward County, FL
Natural Resources Specialist | Broward County, FL
Climate Justice Program Manager, New Florida Majority | Miami, FL
National/International and Partial Remote
Ecologist/Biologist or Environmental Scientist, Brown & Caldwell | Atlanta, GA
Coastal Program Analyst, California Coastal Commission | CA
Coastal Resilience Intern, Audubon | Remote
Director, Virginia Coastal Resilience, Environmental Defense Fund | VA
State Programs Manager, American Flood Coalition | Washington, DC
Awards and Achievements
Dr. O.S. Mbuya, Professor and Director of Center for Water Resources at Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University (FAMU) was awarded a one-year grant ($487,200) by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection for research aimed at producing preliminary data on the use of soil algae to control aquatic algae causing Harmful Algal Bloom (HAB) in Florida.

Benelli, G.; Wilke, A. B. B.; Bloomquist, J. R.; et al. (2021). Overexposing mosquitoes to insecticides under global warming: A public health concern? Sci Total Environ, 762.

Borden, J. B. and F., S.L. (2021). Urban evolution of invasive species. Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment.

Chambers, R. M., Gorsky, A. L., & Castañeda-Moya, E. et al. (2021). Evaluating a Steady-State Model of Soil Accretion in Everglades Mangroves (Florida, USA). Estuaries and Coasts.

Claar, D.C.; Starko, S.; Tietjen, K.L.; et al. (2020). Dynamic symbioses reveal pathways to coral survival through prolonged heatwaves. Nature Communications. (Vol. 11).

Cooke, S. J., Twardek, W. M., Lynch, A. J., Cowx, I. G., Olden, J. D., Funge-Smith, S., et al. (2021). A global perspective on the influence of the COVID-19 pandemic on freshwater fish biodiversity. Biological Conservation, 253.

Hatfield, J. L., Antle, J., Garrett, K. A., Izaurralde, R. C., Mader, T., Marshall, E., et al. (2020). Indicators of climate change in agricultural systems. Climatic Change, 163, 1719–1732.
Hu, X.; Fan, H.; Cai, M.; et al. (2020). A less cloudy picture of the inter-model spread in future global warming projections. Nature Communications. (Vol. 11).
Longhini, V. Z.; Cardoso, A. da S.; Berca, A. S.; et al. (2020). Nitrogen supply and rainfall affect ammonia emissions from dairy cattle excreta and urea applied on warm-climate pastures. J Environ Qual, 49(6), 1453–1466.
Markolf, S. A., Chester, M. V., Helmrich, A. M., & Shannon, K. (2021). Re-imagining design storm criteria for the challenges of the 21st century. Cities, 109.
Parkinson, R. W., Seidel, V., Henderson, C., & De Freese, D. (2021). Adaptation Actions to Reduce Impairment of Indian River Lagoon Water Quality Caused by Climate Change, Florida, USA. Coastal Management, , 215–232.
Pisapia, C.; Edmunds, P. J.; Moeller, H. V.; et al. (2020). Projected shifts in coral size structure in the Anthropocene. Adv Mar Biol, 87(1), 31–60.
Precht WF, Aronson, R. B., Gardner, T. A., Gill, J. A., Hawkins, J. P., Hernandez-Delgado, E. A., et al. (2020). The timing and causality of ecological shifts on Caribbean reefs. Adv Mar Biol, 87(1), 331–360.
Rashid, Wahl, & Chambers,. (2021). Extreme sea level variability dominates coastal flood risk changes at decadal time scales. Environ. Res. Lett., 16(2).
Ray, P., Tan, H., Tewari, M., Brownlee, J., Ajayamohan, & Barrett, B. S. (2021). Role of Advection on the Evolution of Near-Surface Temperature and Wind in Urban-Aware Simulations. Journal of Applied Meteorology and Climatology, 60(2), 201–221.
Riegl, B. M. & Glynn, P. W. (2020). Population dynamics of the reef crisis: Consequences of the growing human population. Adv Mar Biol, 87(1), 1–30.
Rudgers, J. A., Afkhami, M. E., Bell-Dereske, L., Chung, Y. A., Crawford, K. M., Kivlin, S. N., et al. (2020). Climate Disruption of Plant-Microbe Interactions. Annu. Rev. Ecol. Evol. Syst., 51, 561–586.
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