November 2017 Newsletter
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Congratulations to the Winners of FCI 2-Minute Student Video Competition!

The 1st place award ($500) goes to FIU students Carlos Tamayo, Noura Alsawari, and Mohamed Zaghloul for their video on climate challenges and solutions in Miami. The 2nd place award ($250) goes to FAMU students Lesley-Ann Jackson, Dejour Monroe, and Briyana Stewart for their hip hop video advocating for climate change awareness and action.
Coming Soon! A New Book from the FCI: Florida's Climate: Changes, Variations, & Impacts

Over 50 scientists at universities across Florida have collaborated to address important topics such as sea level rise, water resources, and how climate affects various sectors, including energy, agriculture, forestry, tourism, and insurance.

Call for Public Comment: Southeast Florida Regional Climate Action Plan

Share your feedback! The final draft of the Southeast Florida Regional Climate Action Plan is open for public comment through November 8. By sharing your input, you can shape the future direction of climate action in Southeast Florida.

Finding Keys to Coral Survival

Andrew C. Baker (UM) is big on the study of the ecology and conservation of coral reefs, with particular attention to the impact of climate change on these fragile environments. Corals in Cuba, considered to be some of most pristine in the Caribbean, may help determine how these ecosystems can survive climate change.

Nanomaterial Can Extract Hydrogen Fuel from Seawater

UCF researcher Yang Yang has come up with a new hybrid nanomaterial that harnesses solar energy and uses it to generate hydrogen from seawater more cheaply and efficiently than current materials.

Smallest Marine Species May Better Weather Climate Change Effects

FSU scientist Jeroen Ingels and a team of researchers found that communities of microscopic organisms called meiofauna don't change much when faced with both rising carbon dioxide levels and higher temperatures.

Honors / Awards / Projects

Daniel Solis (FAMU) was awarded a $20K grant from NOAA SWFSC to study Fish Resource Allocation under Alternative Access Arrangements in the US Goulf of Mexico.

Richard C. Feiock (FSU) was awarded $310K as Co-PI on a NSF Smart and Connected Cities grant for Connecting the Smart-City Paradigm with a Sustainable Urban Infrastructure Systems Framework to advance Equity in Communities. 

Steve Morey (FSU) is PI on a new projected titled Modeling Climate Impacts on Fish Larvae Mortality in the Gulf of Mexico. This project, funded by NOAA-AOML through NGI, will fund research investigating the impacts of climate variability on prey availability and starvation of fish larvae in the Gulf of Mexico using coupled biophysical modeling.

Steve Morey and Nico Wienders (FSU) have been award funding from NASA for a new project titled NASA Rapid Response -- Ultra-Thin Surface Drifter Observations for SPURS-2. They will develop and produce a set of surface drifters with temperature sensors to be deployed as part of the SPURS-2 Field Campaign in the tropical Pacific. This project will collect observations of the evolution of low-salinity pools on the ocean surface following high rainfall events.

Project Update: A new drifter study was conducted in the Gulf Stream. On July 19-20, FSU COAPS techs Caleb Hudson and John Easton deployed 32 surface drifters developed as part of the NOAA/CIMAS-funded study Development of New Drifter Technology for Observing Currents at the Ocean Surface (PI Steve Morey, Co-PIs Mark Bourassa, Dmitry Dukhovskoy, and Nico Wienders, all from FSU) from the F.G. Walton Smith in conjunction with NOAA-AOML and CIMAS. The purpose of this experiment is to assess the performance of a new surface drifter design and to investigate vertical shear in the upper ocean in a region of strong currents.
Additional News

Climate Change and Sea Level Rise? It's Academic ( Ocala Star Banner - October 15, 2017)

Storms Highlighted Serious Local Issues, CEOs Say ( Miami Herald - October 15, 2017)

Funding Opportunities

DoD Young Faculty Award Due Dec 4, 2017

DOE Solar Desalination Concept Paper Due Dec 4, 2017; Application Due Mar 16, 2018

Job Opportunities

Lead Scientist South Florida Water Management District | West Palm Beach, FL | Open until Filled
Senior Resilience Specialist | AECOM | Coral Gables, FL | Open until Filled

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Nov 8, 2017 | Lecture w/ Environmental Journalist Jordan Fisher Smith Tallahassee, FL

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FCI affiliates and/or authors from FCI member universities are in bold.

Alexander, M. J., Ortland, D. A., Grimsdell, A. W., & Kim, J. - E. (2017). Sensitivity of Gravity Wave Fluxes to Interannual Variations in Tropical Convection and Zonal Wind. J. Atmos. Sci., 74(9), 2701-2716.
Bakun, A. (2017). Climate change and ocean deoxygenation within intensified surface-driven upwelling circulations. Phil. Trans. R. Soc. A, 375(2102), 20160327.
Boucek, R. E., Heithaus, M. R., Santos, R., Stevens, P., & Rehage, J. S. (2017). Can animal habitat use patterns influence their vulnerability to extreme climate events? An estuarine sportfish case study. Glob Change Biol, 23(10), 4045-4057.
Crotty, S. M., Angelini, C., & Bertness, M. D. (2017). Multiple stressors and the potential for synergistic loss of New England salt marshes. PLoS ONE, 12(8), e0183058.
de Araujo, H. F. P., Vieira, A. H., Barbosa, M. R. D., Diniz, J. A. F., & da Silva, J. M. C. (2017). Passerine phenology in the largest tropical dry forest of South America: effects of climate and resource availability. Emu - Austral Ornithology, 117(1), 78-91.
Deslatte, A., Feiock, R. C., & Wassel, K. (2017). Urban Pressures and Innovations: Sustainability Commitment in the Face of Fragmentation and Inequality. Review of Policy Research, 34(5), 700-724.
Deslatte, A., Swann, W., & Feiock, R. (2017). Three Sides of the Same Coin? A Bayesian Analysis of Strategic Management, Comprehensive Planning, and Inclusionary Values in Land Use. Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory, 27(3), 415-432.
Drury, A. J., Westerhold, T., Frederichs, T., Tian, J., Wilkens, R., Channell, J. E. T., et al. (2017). Late Miocene climate and time scale reconciliation: Accurate orbital calibration from a deep-sea perspective. Earth and Planetary Science Letters, 475, 254-266.
Everett, C., Blasí, D. E., & Roberts, S. G. (2016). Language evolution and climate: the case of desiccation and tone. Journal of Language Evolution, 1(1), 33-46.
Guo, L., Yang, Z., Marcus, K., Li, Z., Luo, B., Zhou, L., ... & Yang, Y. (2017). MoS2/TiO2 heterostructures as nonmetal plasmonic photocatalysts for highly efficient hydrogen evolution. Energy Environ. Sci., .
Hernández Ayala, J. J., & Matyas, C. J. (2017). Spatial distribution of tropical cyclone rainfall and its contribution to the climatology of Puerto Rico. Physical Geography, , 1-20.
Hernández Ayala, J. J., Keellings, D., Waylen, P. R., & Matyas, C. J. (2017). Extreme floods and their relationship with tropical cyclones in Puerto Rico. Hydrological Sciences Journal, 62(13), 2103-2119.
Ingels, J., dos Santos, G., Hicks, N., Vazquez, Y. V., Neres, P. F., Pontes, L. P., et al. (2017). Short-term CO 2 exposure and temperature rise effects on metazoan meiofauna and free-living nematodes in sandy and muddy sediments: Results from a flume experiment. Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology, .
Lee, C. C., Sheridan, S. C., Barnes, B. B., Hu, C., Pirhalla, D. E., Ransibrahmanakul, V., et al. (2017). The development of a non-linear autoregressive model with exogenous input (NARX) to model climate-water clarity relationships: reconstructing a historical water clarity index for the coastal waters of the southeastern USA. Theor Appl Climatol, 130(1-2), 557-569.
Li, C., Yan, F., Kang, S., Chen, P., ... & Sillanpaa, M. (2017). Re-evaluating black carbon in the Himalayas and the Tibetan Plateau: concentrations and deposition. Atmos. Chem. Phys., 17(19), 11899-11912.
Listopad, C. M. C. S., Köbel, M., Príncipe, A., Gonçalves, P., & Branquinho, C. (2018). The effect of grazing exclusion over time on structure, biodiversity, and regeneration of high nature value farmland ecosystems in Europe. Science of The Total Environment, 610-611, 926-936.
Lobell, D. B., & Asseng, S. (2017). Comparing estimates of climate change impacts from process-based and statistical crop models. Environmental Research Letters, 12(1).
Machovina, B., & Feeley, K. J. (2017). Restoring low-input high-diversity grasslands as a potential global resource for biofuels. Science of The Total Environment, 609, 205-214.
Mainwaring, M. C., Barber, I., Deeming, D. C., Pike, D. A., Roznik, E. A., & Hartley, I. R. (2017). Climate change and nesting behaviour in vertebrates: a review of the ecological threats and potential for adaptive responses. Biol Rev, 92(4), 1991-2002.
Martínez-Colón, M., Hallock, P., Green-Ruiz, C., & Smoak J. (2017). Benthic foraminifera as bioindicators of potential toxic element (PTE) pollution: Torrecillas Lagoon (San Juan Bay Estuary), Puerto Rico. Ecological Indicators Journal, , accepted.
Mathez-Stiefel, S. - L., Peralvo, M., Báez, S., ... Fadrique, B., Feeley, K. J., et al. (2017). Research Priorities for the Conservation and Sustainable Governance of Andean Forest Landscapes. Mountain Research and Development, 37(3), 323-339.
Misra, V., Bhardwaj, A., & Mishra, A. (2017). Local onset and demise of the Indian summer monsoon. Climate Dynamics, .
Osland, M. J., Griffith, K. T., Larriviere, J. C., ... Breithaupt, J. L., et al. (2017). Assessing coastal wetland vulnerability to sea-level rise along the northern Gulf of Mexico coast: Gaps and opportunities for developing a coordinated regional sampling network. PLoS ONE, 12(9), e0183431.
Palm, C., Neill, C., Lefebvre, P., & Tully, K. (2017). Targeting Sustainable Intensification of Maize-Based Agriculture in East Africa. Tropical Conservation Science, 10, 194008291772067.
Pereira, F. F., Farinosi, F., Arias, M. E., Lee, E., Briscoe, J., & Moorcroft, P. R. (2017). Technical note: A hydrological routing scheme for the Ecosystem Demography model (ED2+R) tested in the Tapajos River basin in the Brazilian Amazon. Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 21(9), 4629-4648.
Ryan, S. F., Fontaine, M. C., Scriber, J. M., Pfrender, M. E., O'Neil, S. T., & Hellmann, J. J. (2017). Patterns of divergence across the geographic and genomic landscape of a butterfly hybrid zone associated with a climatic gradient. Mol Ecol, 26(18), 4725-4742.
Sallam, M. F., Pereira, R. M., & Koehler, P. G. (2017). Fly Populations and Problems in a Changing Climate. In P. Dhang (Ed.), Climate change impacts on urban pests (pp. 95-110). CABI Climate Change Series. Oxon, England: CABI Publishing.
Sánchez Goñi, M. F., Desprat, S., Daniau, A. - L., ... Valencia, B. G., et al. (2017). The ACER pollen and charcoal database: a global resource to document vegetation and fire response to abrupt climate changes during the last glacial period. Earth Syst. Sci. Data, 9(2), 679-695.
Spaak, J. W., Baert, J. M., Baird, D. J., ... Rohr, J. R., et al. (2017). Shifts of community composition and population density substantially affect ecosystem function despite invariant richness. Ecol Lett, 20(10), 1315-1324.
Steadman, D. W., & Franklin, J. (2017). Origin, paleoecology, and extirpation of bluebirds and crossbills in the Bahamas across the last glacial-interglacial transition. Proc Natl Acad Sci USA, 114(37), 9924-9929.
Stukel, M. R., & Ducklow, H. W. (2017). Stirring Up the Biological Pump: Vertical Mixing and Carbon Export in the Southern Ocean. Global Biogeochem. Cycles, 31(9), 1420-1434.
Titcomb, G., Allan, B. F., Ainsworth, T., ... Palmer, T. M., et al. (2017). Interacting effects of wildlife loss and climate on ticks and tick-borne disease. Proc. R. Soc. B, 284(1862), 20170475.
Tynan, S., Opdyke, B., Dutton, A., & Walczak, M. (2017). Late Holocene inter-annual temperature variability reconstructed from the δ18O of archaeological Ostrea angasi shells. Australian Journal of Earth Sciences, 64(6), 779-791.
van Bruggen, A. H. C., He, M., Zelenev, V. V., Semenov, V. M., Semenov, A. M., Semenova, E. V., et al. (2017). Relationships between greenhouse gas emissions and cultivable bacterial populations in conventional, organic and long-term grass plots as affected by environmental variables and disturbances. Soil Biology and Biochemistry, 114, 145-159.
Wilcox, K. R., Shi, Z., Gherardi, L. A., Lemoine, N. P., Koerner, S. E., Hoover, D. L., et al. (2017). Asymmetric responses of primary productivity to precipitation extremes: A synthesis of grassland precipitation manipulation experiments. Glob Change Biol, 23(10), 4376-4385.
Worsnop, R. P., Bryan, G. H., Lundquist, J. K., & Zhang, J. A. (2017). Using Large-Eddy Simulations to Define Spectral and Coherence Characteristics of the Hurricane Boundary Layer for Wind-Energy Applications. Boundary-Layer Meteorol, 165(1), 55-86.
Yi, H., Feiock, R. C., & Berry, F. S. (2017). Overcoming collective action barriers to energy sustainability: A longitudinal study of climate protection accord adoption by local governments. Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews, 79, 339-346.
Zhang, L., Rechtman, T., Karnauskas, K. B., Li, L., Donnelly, J. P., & Kossin, J. P. (2017). Longwave emission trends over Africa and implications for Atlantic hurricanes. Geophys. Res. Lett., 44(17), 9075-9083.
Zhang, M., Zhang, Y., Shu, Q., Zhao, C., Wang, G., Wu, Z., et al. (2018). Spatiotemporal evolution of the chlorophyll a trend in the North Atlantic Ocean. Science of The Total Environment, 612, 1141-1148.

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