24 February 2014

Sea level rise, restoration, and freshwater management in South Florida Mini-symposium

Organized by the Florida Coastal Everglades Long Term Ecological Research student group

Date and Time:     February 26th 2014, 9:00 – 12:00
Location:              WC 130
Broadcasted at:    http://www.ustream.tv/channel/fce-lter-everglades-hour
Archived at:          http://www.youtube.com/user/fcelter?feature=watch

The overall aim of this mini symposium is to expose audiences to the large body of research investigating the ecological, anthropogenic, and economic consequences of sea-level rise and water management practices in South Florida.  This mini-symposium will host a group of 20 visiting undergraduates from Concordia College in Moorhead, MN, who are participants in a university funded High Impact Leadership Trip.  The purpose of their trip is to see issues related to South Florida water management and its effects on the natural Everglades and urban south Florida in the face of future sea level rise.  These lectures may serve as a tremendous opportunity for FIU or other students that may be watching remotely to learn about these very important South Florida issues.

9:00 to 9:20  Dr. Leonard Scinto: Director Southeastern Environmental
                      Research Center (SERC)
                      An introduction to the Southeastern Environmental
                      Research Center

9:20-9:40     Dr. Evelyn Gaiser: Lead principle investigator of Florida
                      Coastal Everglades Long Term Ecological Research (FCE LTER)
                      Introduction to the FCE LTER program

9:40-10:00   Dr. Michael Sukop, Lead principle investigator South Florida
                      Water sustainability and Climate Project
                      National Science Foundation Water, Sustainability, and
                      Climate Project for South Florida

10:00-10:10 Coffee Break

10:10–10:30 Dr. William Anderson, director of the Department Earth
                      and Environmental Sciences
                      What can paleoclimatology tell us about the future of South Florida?

10:30-10:50  Dr. Tiffany Troxler, Lead principle investigator of the wetland
                      ecosystems research lab
              Addressing the effects of sea-level rise on coastal Everglades wetlands for effective water management

10:50–11:00  Coffee break

11:00-11:20  Dr. Mahadev Bhat, Professor & associate chair of the department of Earth and Environmental Sciences
                      The future status of South Florida resource economics

11:20-11:40 Ross Boucek, Phd student FCE LTER student president
                      Coastal river fisheries and sea-level rise: A case study with the
                      Everglades largemouth bass

11:40-12:00 Kristie Wendelberger, PhD Candidate FCE LTER student vice president
                      When sea level rise threatens a federally endangered plant species:
                      What are the conservation options?

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