February 2018 Newsletter
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Study Shows Male Sea Turtles are Vanishing Closer to Home

Alarming results from a recent gender ratio study revealed that 99 percent of young green turtles from Australia's Northern Great Barrier Reef are female and that male sea turtles are disappearing. Closer to home, Jeanette Wyneken and colleagues at FAU have documented a similar trend in sea turtle hatchlings in southeast Florida. The researchers found that the coolest and the wettest substrates produce 100 percent males compared to 42 percent males from the warmest and driest treatment.

Climate Change Linked to More Flowery Tropical Forests, Study Shows

New research from Stephanie Pau (FSU) has revealed a surprising relationship between surging atmospheric carbon dioxide and flower blooms in a remote tropical forest. FSU researchers studying the rich tropical forests of Panama's Barro Colorado Island found that climbing rates of carbon dioxide have set the stage for a multidecade increase in overall flower production.

Scientists Reflect on the Future of Climate Change in Florida

FIU Department of Biological Sciences professor Philip Stoddard was recently featured in an article by The Center for Public Integrity regarding the effects of climate change on the state of Florida. Stoddard, looking into fixes, sees a need for hard conversations with residents of his city's lowest-lying neighborhoods. Do they want to pay for expensive upgrades or risk owning homes without working toilets? He sees a future where some communities get ahead of climate problems and others are overwhelmed.

Ocean Acidification Means Major Changes for California Mussels

Accelerating ocean acidification could be transforming the fundamental structure of California mussel shells, according to a new report from a Florida State University-led team of scientists. "What we've seen in more recent shells is that the crystals are small and disoriented," said Assistant Professor of Biological Science Sophie McCoy, who led the study. "These are significant changes in how these animals produce their shells that can be tied to a shifting ocean chemistry."

FCI Represented at Convention in India

Odemari Mbuya (FAMU) recently served as a guest of honor and represented the FCI in the area of ClimateSmart Agriculture and related issues at the 52nd Convention of the Indian Society of Agricultural Engineers in India. FAMU has trained about 6,000 farmers and 200 extension agents on climate-related issues, mainly agriculture and global food security.
Honors / Awards / Projects

Allan Clarke (FSU) is PI on a new project titled, " Understanding the low frequency dynamics of the throughflow from the Pacific to the Arctic." The project is funded through a $499,966 grant from the National Science Foundation.  
Available Now! A New Book from the FCI: Florida's Climate: Changes, Variations, & Impacts

A new book published by the Florida Climate Institute focuses on Florida's climate, changing sea levels, the impacts of these changes, and how our societal and natural systems may adapt to anticipated changes. Florida's Climate: Changes, Variations, & Impacts provides a thorough review of the current state of research on Florida's climate, including physical climate benchmarks; climate prediction, projection, and attribution; and the impacts of climate and climate change on the people and natural resources in the state.

The book is available for purchase in paperback and Kindle format at Amazon.com. Individual chapters may be accessed on the FCI website.
Additional News

Coastal waters threaten Florida's historic resources ( Gainesville Sun - Jan 7, 2018)

Elevate the climate change discourse without blaming and shaming | Opinion (SunSentinel - Jan 9, 2018)

How one lawmaker is breaking the bipartisan barrier on climate change ( YaleEnvironment360 - Jan 18, 2018)

Read more here: http://www.miamiherald.com/news/local/environment/article190076179.html#storylink=cpy

How a Florida biologist became one of America's greenest mayors ( Southeast Energy News - Jan 22, 2018)
Funding Opportunities

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FCI affiliates and/or authors from FCI member universities are in bold.
Bailey, A. M., Ober, H. K., Sovie, A. R., & McCleery, R. A. (2017). Impact of land use and climate on the distribution of the endangered Florida bonneted bat. Journal of Mammalogy, 98(6), 1586-1593.
Bonin, J. A., Chambers, D. P., & Cheng, M. (2018). Using satellite laser ranging to measure ice mass change in Greenland and Antarctica. The Cryosphere, 12(1), 71-79.
Cacciapaglia, C., & van Woesik, R. (2018). Marine species distribution modelling and the effects of genetic isolation under climate change. J Biogeogr, 45(1), 154-163.
Challinor, A. J., Müller, C., Asseng, S., Deva, C., Nicklin, K. J., Wallach, D., et al. (2018). Improving the use of crop models for risk assessment and climate change adaptation. Agricultural Systems, 159, 296-306.

Cyronak, T., Andersson, A. J., Langdon, C., ... Carlton, R., ... Enochs, I., et al. (2018). Taking the metabolic pulse of the world's coral reefs. PLoS ONE, 13(1), e0190872.
Elliott, J., Glotter, M., Ruane, A. C., Boote, K. J., Hatfield, J. L., Jones, J. W., et al. (2018). Characterizing agricultural impacts of recent large-scale US droughts and changing technology and management. Agricultural Systems, 159, 275-281.
Fronzek, S., Pirttioja, N., Carter, T. R., ... Asseng, S., et al. (2018). Classifying multi-model wheat yield impact response surfaces showing sensitivity to temperature and precipitation change. Agricultural Systems, 159, 209-224.
He, W., Yang, J. Y., Drury, C. F., ... & Hoogenboom, G. (2018). Estimating the impacts of climate change on crop yields and N 2 O emissions for conventional and no-tillage in Southwestern Ontario, Canada. Agricultural Systems, 159, 187-198.
Hines, H. N., Morriss, H., Saunders, K., Williams, R. L., Young, S. L., & Stafford, R. (2017). Localized versus regional adaptation in limpet shell morphology across the Iberian Peninsula. Mar Ecol, 38(6), e12472.
Hoffmann, M. P., Haakana, M., Asseng, S., ... Kassie, B. T., et al. (2018). How does inter-annual variability of attainable yield affect the magnitude of yield gaps for wheat and maize? An analysis at ten sites. Agricultural Systems, 159, 199-208.

Kirtman, B. P., Perlin, N., & Siqueira, L. (2017). Ocean eddies and climate predictability. Chaos, 27(12), 126902.

Lyon, A. R., Cook, C. R., Brown, E. C., Locke, J., Davis, C., Ehrhart, M., et al. (2018). Assessing organizational implementation context in the education sector: confirmatory factor analysis of measures of implementation leadership, climate, and citizenship. Implementation Sci, 13(1).
McCoy, S. J., Kamenos, N. A., Chung, P., Wootton, T. J., & Pfister, C. A. (2018). A mineralogical record of ocean change: Decadal and centennial patterns in the California mussel. Global Change Biology, .
Mellett, T., Selvin, C., Defforey, D., Roberts, K., Lecher, A. L., Dennis, K., et al. (2018). Assessing Cumulative Effects of Climate Change Manipulations on Phosphorus Limitation in a Californian Grassland. Environ. Sci. Technol., 52(1), 98-106.

Nowotny, J., Dodson, J., Fiechter, S., ... Sigmund, W., et al. (2018). Towards global sustainability: Education on environmentally clean energy technologies. Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews, 81, 2541-2551.
Onyejekwe, O., Holman, B., & Kachouie, N. N. (2017). Multivariate models for predicting glacier termini. Environ Earth Sci, 76(23).
Qian, B., Jing, Q., Bélanger, G., Shang, J., Huffman, T., Liu, J., & Hoogenboom, G. (2018). Simulated Canola Yield Responses to Climate Change and Adaptation in Canada. Agronomy Journal, 110(1), 133.
Riemer, K., Guralnick, R. P., & White, E. P. (2018). No general relationship between mass and temperature in endothermic species. eLife, 7.
Sifuentes-Romero, I., Tezak, B. M., Milton, S. L., & Wyneken, J. (2017). Hydric environmental effects on turtle development and sex ratio. Zoology, .
Swindles, G. T., Watson, E. J., Savov, I. P., ... Connor, C. B., et al. (2018). Climatic control on Icelandic volcanic activity during the mid-Holocene. Geology, 46(1), 47-50.
Tang, T., & Hill, H. (2018). Implementation and Impacts of Intergovernmental Grant Programs on Energy Efficiency in the United States. Current Sustainable/Renewable Energy Reports, .
Zhang, C., Denka, S., Cooper, H., & Mishra, D. R. (2018). Quantification of sawgrass marsh aboveground biomass in the coastal Everglades using object-based ensemble analysis and Landsat data. Remote Sensing of Environment, 204, 366-379.

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