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Marine scientists Mike Heithaus and James Fourqurean hope to turn scientific solutions into policy for the world’s oceans. The marine predator expert and seagrass expert joined Capitol Hill Oceans Week, an annual event hosted by the National Marine Sanctuary Foundation where marine scientists, conservationists, wildlife experts, climate scientists, fishing industry leaders and others convene to advocate for improved conservation and management.

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Algae can help corals adapt to warming seas but scientists have discovered they have relationship issues. It’s complicated.

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Most detailed genetic family tree of decapods ever assembled.

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Scientists have deployed a research buoy near FIU’s Biscayne Bay Campus to monitor conditions in light of the recent red tide outbreak in Miami-Dade County.

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The bonnethead shark has finally been outed for what it truly is — an omnivore! Gone are the stereotypical characterizations as a bloodthirsty meat eater. This small relative of the hammerhead, which swims in the waters of the Pacific, Atlantic and Gulf of Mexico, eats grass. Seagrass to be exact.

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Posted by Evelyn S. Gonzalez × 06/29/2017 at 9:06 am Nestled in the Florida Keys Marine Sanctuary, 10 tree-like structures made of PVC pipes rise up from the ocean floor. They are adorned with plastic cards that hang from fiberglass branches. The cards house growing pieces of endangered coral. An odd sight to see, this group of makeshift trees could help solve one of the greatest environmental problems facing the world’s oceans today — the loss of coral reefs.

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Jorge Moreno from Dr. Heather Bracken-Grissom's Crustacean Genomics Lab receives NSF Grant.

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Scientists have discovered what they believe to be a new species of hammerhead shark, prompting concerns about the species’ vulnerability and whether conservation practices in place today are widespread enough to protect them.

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Using drones, a team of researchers from FIU recently completed a survey of sharks and rays in a shallow coral lagoon along the island of Moorea in French Polynesia. The project could be a game-changer for scientists and conservation agencies that often rely on fisheries, diver surveys or baited cameras deployed in the water for population estimates.

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Alligators are one of the Florida Everglades’ most famous predators. They sit at the top of the food chain and influence the world around them by how they hunt and what they eat. But FIU biologist Bradley Strickland believes they also impact the ecosystem from the bottom of the food chain up.

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