FIU is among three universities receiving NSF funds to study climate change in the tropics

By Climate Change, Coral Biology, Epigenetics, Marine Biology

In an unprecedented move, the National Science Foundation is providing $300,000 to three universities including FIU to better understand the impact of global climate change on tropical ecosystems. Three CREST centers — at FIU’s Institute of Environment, the University of Puerto Rico and at the University of Hawaii at Hilo —…

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Corals have a secret weapon against a warming climate

By Climate Change, Coral Biology, Epigenetics, hurricanes, Marine Biology

Rising ocean temperatures are killing coral reefs, but researchers discovered corals have a secret buried in their genes that just might help them fight off seasonal changes in temperature. For over two years, FIU Institute of Environment Ph.D. student Javier Rodriguez-Casariego sampled reefs around Culebra Island, Puerto Rico to learn about their…

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