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February

FIU researchers have traced the evolution of bioluminescence in deep-sea shrimps. The study, led by marine scientists Juliet Wong, Jorge L. Perez-Moreno and Heather Bracken-Grissom in the FIU Department of Biological Sciences, is the most comprehensive study of evolutionary relationships between deep-sea shrimps to date. Specimens were collected from the Gulf of Mexico, North Atlantic Ocean, Spain, Vietnam, the Philippines and Taiwan and comprise 30 species of deep-sea shrimps.

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April

University senior Valeria Paz often goes on trips to the Everglades. She heads to Florida Bay and takes off the shore to delve deep into nature. However, her purpose is not necessarily to observe Florida’s natural wonders. She is a student researcher who’s analyzing the effects of the restoration of the Everglades on wildlife.

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May

FIU researchers have teamed up with conservationist and TV personality Jeff Corwin to share their mission of protecting the Florida Everglades on the latest installment of “Ocean Mysteries with Jeff Corwin.”

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Dr. Kevin Boswell and Graduate Student Researcher Ivan Pinto with display the Boswell lab's at Autonomous Survey Vessel at eMerge 2015.

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July

Researchers are embarking on the largest-ever attempt to survey the world’s shark populations.

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September

When it comes to mitigating climate change, marine predators could be a key factor.

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October

The International Society for Reef Studies (ISRS)releases Consensus Statement on Climate Change and Coral Bleaching.

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Humans are changing marine ecosystems in different and unprecedented ways. As humans continue to alter the number of predators living in the oceans through overfishing and other activities, their prey and other parts of the marine ecosystem are also indirectly impacted, according to a new study published in Global Change Biology in October.

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Kevin Boswell is on a mission to restore the health of the Gulf of Mexico as it continues to recover from the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill. The marine scientist was recently awarded a grant by the Florida Institute of Oceanography’s Florida RESTORE Act Centers of Excellence Program to study deep reef fish communities impacted by the oil spill.

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