a monthly update on the latest research, education and community engagement 
CES News
wetlands ecology & coastal resilience
Happy New Year!
Meet the new leadership at FAU Harbor Branch and the FAU College of Science, as well as CES's new partnership with the Center for Urban and Environmental Solutions  (CUES). In our Student Spotlight, learn about changing beach morphology and its potential impact on sea turtles.

DEADLINE: $65 K in research funding available - Jan 31 deadline - see below.
In next month's issue read about:  UNESCO visit to CES Riverwoods .

Wishing you all the best in 2017,

Colin Polsky
Florida Center for Environmental Studies
Florida Atlantic University

FAU Harbor Branch's New Leadership
Anton F. Post, PhD, Executive Director
Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute 

Dr. Post w Carlie Perricone
Credit: Carin Smith
Dr. Anton Post joins FAU's Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute (HBOI) as its new executive director. The world renowned oceanographer and leading phytoplankton researcher previously served as the executive director of the University of Rhode Island's Coastal Resources Center, Graduate School of Oceanography. In his new role, Dr. Post will be charged with developing and implementing programs that build on the success of all marine and environmental research at FAU.

Dr. Post kicked off Harbor Branch's annual Ocean Science Lecture Series winter season on Jan. 11, 2017 at 4 and 7 p.m. with a talk on climate change.

Welcome FAU's New Dean of Science
Dean Ata Sarajedini, Ph.D., FAU College of Science

Credit: Beth Barak
The Charles E. Schmidt College of Science at Florida Atlantic University welcomes a new dean. 

Ata Sarajedini, Ph.D., a leading astronomer and researcher, joins us at FAU from the University of Florida, where he served as as associate dean for natural science and mathematics, associate dean for research in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, and professor in the Department of Astronomy.

Sarajedini will lead FAU's second largest college, which has a student body of more than 5,000, and education and research programs in biological sciences, chemistry and biochemistry, environmental sciences, geosciences, mathematics, physics, and psychology.

FAU Incubator for Sustainable  & Resilient Communities
FAU Incubator
FAU Incubator
FAU'S Center for Urban & Environmental Solutions (CUES) and Center for Environmental Studies (CES) are teaming up to resume the work of the award-winning Florida Public Officials Design Institute under a new name.

The FAU Incubator for Sustainable & Resilient Communities is forum for stakeholders and decision-makers developing action plans which address complex land use and infrastructure problems. The Incubator offers leadership and expertise based on best practices and provides guidance on developing implementable plans and policies.

PhD student Julie Cisneros investigates beach morphology & sea turtles
PhD student Julie Cisneros investigates beach morphology & sea turtles
Under the direction of Dr. Tiffany Roberts Briggs, PhD student Julie Cisneros has been collaborating on a project with PBC Environmental Resources and Management to analyze the influence of sediment properties (texture and composition) of various borrow sources (for nourishment or dune restoration projects) on sea turtle nesting patterns in Palm Beach County.  By using sand temperature and moisture data from the project beaches for 2015 and 2016 and monitoring beach profile changes at these locations, they hope to determine whether a significant slope variability has resulted from the differences in sediment properties and the potential influence on turtle nesting patterns.

Watch the 2-minute VIDEO

Janke Foundation Innovations in Sustainability Science
The Center for Environmental Studies (CES) at FAU is pleased to announce the second cycle for the "Walter & Lalita Janke Foundation Innovations in Sustainability Science Research Fund." As in 2016, one $50K project and three $5K projects will be funded. 


Apply for the HEI Assistant Professor position (01003326) at https://jobs.fau.edu/ 
The 2nd Annual Pine Jog Wild Orchid 5K
Saturday, February 4, 2017 - Pine Jog Environmental Education Center - West Palm Beach
pine jog trail run
Join us for a morning run through the woods at Pine Jog, one of the oldest nature centers in the country. The Wild Orchid 5K winds through 132 acres of pine flatwood forest and upland hammock, along packed dirt trails, under tree canopies, and past rare, and endangered native orchids. The course has much to offer for all nature lovers, from serious runners to families with little ones and everyone in between. All race proceeds benefit the Million Orchid Project at FAU Pine Jog. 
For more information contact Jasmine Coyle at (561) 686-6600 or jashcra1@fau.edu. 

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