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Gov. DeSantis Appoints Tom Frazer as Chief Science Officer
Tom Frazier 
(Source: UF/IFAS News) Governor Ron DeSantis announced in April that University of Florida scientist Tom Frazer will be the state's first Chief Science Officer. Frazer will lead efforts to address some of Florida's most critical environmental challenges, including red tide and harmful algal blooms, which have impacted millions of Floridians, said Jack Payne, Working with the governor's staff, state agencies and a state-wide task force, Frazer will work to find science-based solutions to environmental issues important to Florida residents, according to a statement from the governor's office. "It's a great honor to be asked to serve in this role, and I'm ready to start working with state leaders and our best researchers to protect our water and our environment," Frazer said. This won't be the first time Frazer has headed a diverse team to tackle complex problems. As director of the UF/IFAS School of Natural Resources and Environment, Frazer led faculty members from 56 departments across 12 colleges, who worked on issues ranging from transitioning to renewable energy systems, preventing pollution, protecting biodiversity and climate change. Frazer will retain his faculty appointment at UF while serving as Chief Science Officer. 
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How climate change will put billions more at risk of mosquito-borne diseases
(Source: NPR) Climate change doesn't just shift weather patterns. It can force the migration of plants, people, animals, bugs - and disease. By the end of this century almost all of the world's population could be exposed to mosquito-borne diseases once limited to the tropics, according to a new study from PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases....And, according to the study, these tropical mosquitoes are poised to expand their ranges, exposing a billion additional people to the diseases they carry in the next 50 years.
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UF Researchers Awarded CLASS to Study Future Landscape Professionals of the Anthropocene
Michael Volk, Research Assistant Professor in the Department of Landscape Architecture, and Dr. Gail Hansen, Associate Professor in the Department of Environmental Horticulture at the University of Florida, have been awarded a California Landscape Architectural Student Scholarship (CLASS) Fund Research Award from the Council of Educators in Landscape Architecture (CELA). This one-year project, entitled Future Landscape Professionals of the Anthropocene, will collect data on college curricula, teaching methods, and attitudes of students and teachers to identify and evaluate best practices for integrating climate change and climate-wise design strategies into landscape architecture and horticulture programs.The research team includes Dr. Belinda B. Nettles, Research Affiliate with the University of Florida's Center for Landscape Conservation Planning, and Isabella Guttuso, a Master of Landscape Architecture student. Project results will be posted on the Center for Landscape Conservation Planning's website Landscape Change. This website is part of the Center's broad initiative to advance climate-wise design and information sharing among landscape professionals.
2019 FSAWWA Fall Conference Call for Papers
The Florida Section of the American Water Works Association has issued a call for papers for its 2019 Fall Conference.  The conference theme is "Building a Resilient Utility." The deadline for submissions is June 14, 1019. For more information go to:
Honors and Updates
Sadie Ryan (UF) was awarded the UF Research Promotion Initiative Award for her publication Global expansion and redistribution of Aedes-borne virus transmission risk with climate change. See related NPR article above.

Article co-authored by FCI affiliates Joshua Breithaupt  (USF), Ryan Moyer, Sadie Ryan (UF), Joseph Smoak (USF), Tiffany Troxler (FIU), Accuracy and Precision of Tidal Wetland Carbon Stocks in the Contiguous U.S., received 1, 467 article views in 2018, placing it as one of the top 100 Earth science Scientific Reports science papers for Scientific Reports in 2018.

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Climate, Environment, and Health | The Belmont Forum | Expression of Interest due May 6, 2019

Ahmed, S., Griffin, T., Cash, S. B., Han, W. - Y., Matyas, C., Long, C., et al. (2018). Global Climate Change, Ecological Stress, and Tea Production. In Han WY., Li X., & Ahammed G. (Eds.), Stress Physiology of Tea in the Face of Climate Change. Singapore: Springer.

Akram, R., Turan, V., Wahid, A., Ijaz, M., Shahid, M. A., Kaleem, S., et al. (2018). Paddy Land Pollutants and Their Role in Climate Change. In Hashmi MZ, & Varma A (Eds.), Environmental Pollution of Paddy Soils (Vol. 53, pp. 113-124). Soil Biology. Cham: Springer.

Conyers, Z.,A. Grant, R., & Roy, S. S. (2019). Sea Level Rise in Miami Beach: Vulnerability and Real Estate Exposure. The Professional Geographer, 71(2), 278-291.

Dinar, S., Katz, D., De Stefano, L., & Blankespoor, B. (2019). Do treaties matter? Climate change, water variability, and cooperation along transboundary river basins. Political Geography, 69, 162-172.

Ellis, P. W., & Putz, F. E. (2019). Introduction to the special issue: Reduced-impact logging for climate change mitigation (RIL-C). Forest Ecology and Management, 439, 171-172.

Ellis, P. W., Gopalakrishna, T., Goodman, R. C., Putz, F. E., Roopsind, A., Umunay, P. M., et al. (2019). Reduced-impact logging for climate change mitigation (RIL-C) can halve selective logging emissions from tropical forests. Forest Ecology and Management, 438, 176-18.

Ghanbari, M., Arabi, M., Obeysekera, J., & Sweet, W. (2019). A Coherent Statistical Model for Coastal Flood Frequency Analysis Under Nonstationary Sea Level Conditions. Earth's Future, 7(2), 162-177.

Hall, J. A., Weaver, C. P., Obeysekera, J., Crowell, M., Horton, R. M., Kopp, R. E., et al. (2019). Rising Sea Levels: Helping Decision-Makers Confront the Inevitable. Coastal Management, 47(2), 127-150.

Hanley,, White,, Stallings,, & Kimbro,. (2019). Environmental gradients shape the combined effects of multiple parasites on oyster hosts in the northern Gulf of Mexico. Mar. Ecol. Prog. Ser., 612, 111-125.

Her, Y., Yoo, S., Cho, J., Hwang, S., Jeong, J., & Seong, C. (2019). Uncertainty in hydrological analysis of climate change: multi-parameter vs. multi-GCM ensemble predictions. Scientific Reports, 9, 4974.

Mayfield, A. B., Misra, V., Mishra, A., & Bhardwaj, A. (2019). A coupled ocean-atmosphere downscaled climate projection for the peninsular Florida region. Journal of Marine Systems, 194, 25-40.

Pearson, K. D., & Pearson KD. (2019). Spring- and fall-flowering species show diverging phenological responses to climate in the Southeast USA. Int J Biometeorol, 63(4), 481-492.

Qui, J., Zipper, S. C., Motew, M., Booth, E. G., Kucharik, C. J., & Loheide, S. P. (2019). Nonlinear groundwater influence on biophysical indicators of ecosystem services. Nature Sustainability, 2019.

Regier, P., Briceno, H., Boyer, J.N. (2019) Analyzing and comparing complex environmental time series using a cumulative sums approach. MethodX, 6(2019), 779-787.

Rivera-Monroy, V. H., Danielson, T. M., CastaƱeda-Moya, E., Marx, B. D., Travieso, R., Zhao, X., et al. (2019). Long-term demography and stem productivity of Everglades mangrove forests (Florida, USA): Resistance to hurricane disturbance. Forest Ecology and Management, 440, 79-91.

Ryan, S. J., Carlson, C. J., Carlson CJ, Mordecai, E. A., Mordecai EA, et al. (2019). Global expansion and redistribution of Aedes-borne virus transmission risk with climate change. PLoS Negl Trop Dis, 13(3), e0007213.

Simpson,, Stein,, Osborne,, & Feller,. (2019). Mangroves dramatically increase carbon storage after 3 years of encroachment. Hydrobiologia, 834(1), 13-26.

Suarez-Ulloa, V., Rivera-Casas, C., Michel, M., & Eirin-Lopez, J. M. (2019). Seasonal DNA Methylation Variation in the Flat Tree Oyster Isognomon Alatus from a Mangrove Ecosystem in North Biscayne Bay, Florida. Journal of Shellfish Research, 38(1), 79.

Thornton, D. H., Branch, L. C., & Wiersma, Y. (2019). Transboundary mammals in the Americas: Asymmetries in protection challenge climate change resilience. Divers Distrib, 25(4), 674-683.

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Xiong, C., & Hoyer, M. V. (2019). Influence of land use and rainfall variability on nutrient concentrations in Florida Lakes. Lake and Reservoir Management, 35(1), 25-37.

Zhai, L., Zhang, B., Roy, S. S., Fuller, D. O., & da Silveira Lobo Sternberg, L. (2019). Remote sensing of unhelpful resilience to sea level rise caused by mangrove expansion: A case study of islands in Florida Bay, USA. Ecological Indicators, 97, 51-58.

Zhang, W., & Kirtman, B. (2019). Estimates of Decadal Climate Predictability From an Interactive Ensemble Model. Geophys. Res. Lett., 46(6), 3387-3397.

Zhou, Y., Matyas, C., Li, H., & Tang, J. (2018). Conditions associated with rain field size for tropical cyclones landfalling over the Eastern United States. Atmospheric Research, 214, 375-385.

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