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January

FIU has received a grant to take over operations of the Aquarius Reef Base undersea habitat.

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March

A group of researchers, including FIU's Mike Heithaus, recently published the paper "Global catches, exploitation rates, and rebuilding options for sharks" in Marine Policy.

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April

FIU student researchers take top honors at the STEM Undergraduate Research Symposium. One of these student researchers is Marine Science's Alex Perez from the Seagrass Lab, who tied for second place in the oral presentation category.

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August

Heather Bracken-Grissom, marine sciences professor in the FIU Department of Biological Sciences, has helped answer one of the most debated questions among evolutionary biologists: Did the hermit crab evolve into the king crab, or did the king crab evolve into the hermit crab?

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October

William Anderson, associate professor in the Department of Earth and Environment and the Marine Sciences Program, recently spent two months aboard the research vessel JOIDES Resolution in the Pacific Ocean.

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November

Applications are now being accepted for the annual Guy Harvey Scholarship Award to recognize outstanding achievement of Florida university students conducting research that will help support sustainable management of marine fish.

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December

Three FIU faculty part of new cooperative consortium to sequence the genomes of invertebrates.

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A three-year study in the Florida Keys examined the effects of increased exposure to nitrogen and phosphorous in a controlled testing site. It was one of the largest and longest experiments ever conducted to evaluate nutrient loading on coral reefs. The study determined these common pollutants doubled the prevalence of disease and more than tripled the amount of coral bleaching, according to Deron Burkepile, FIU assistant professor and co-author of the study.

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