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In the Wake Of Hurricane Ian
As an expert in water quality issues, Brian Lapointe, Ph.D., research professor, FAU Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute, was recently featured in two news articles to discuss the environmental impact of discharged raw sewage in the aftermath of Hurricane Ian. Read the articles here and here
Continuing Aquaculture Efforts
New grants help Megan Davis, Ph.D., research professor at the FAU Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute, continue four decades of research to conserve and restore the queen conch, a large, edible pink snail.
Read more.
Investigating Coral Disease
FAU Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute researchers assist scientists in study on the death of corals in the Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary, 100 nautical miles offshore of Galveston, Texas. 
Read more. 
The Drive Against Cancer
Amy Wright, Ph.D., research professor, FAU Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute, was recently part of a panel discussion on Discoveries, Treatments and Strategies: How FAU is Accelerating the Drive Against Cancer. 
Watch online, here.
Enter Now

Show the World Your Research

The Research in Action photography and video contest is extended through midnight on Halloween. Enter the annual competition aimed at showcasing the cutting-edge research, scholarship and creative activity happening at Florida Atlantic. Winners could walk away with an iPad, Apple Watch and more.
New Deadline: Monday, Oct. 31.
Doctoral Students
Changing Seas
Derek Aoki, doctoral student, FAU Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute, recently presented at FAU's Marine Science and Oceanography Colloquium.
His talk focused on examining the environmental and human impacts to leatherback sea turtles. 
Read more. 
Tracking Fish
Sarah Webb, doctoral student, FAU Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute, recently earned two awards for her research on environmental changes that can impact fish. The goal of her results could influence catch limits as well as water management issues involving discharges.
Read more.
Benefactors Society
Impactful Partnerships
Last week, FAU Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute hosted its first Benefactors Society Learning Luncheon.
Three FAU Harbor Branch graduate students (past and present) took center stage to present their research and share career plans.
Obby Tapley, luncheon attendee, said special events like this are perks of being a member of the Benefactors Society. "I have volunteered at Harbor Branch for several years at the winter Ocean Science Lecture Series and in aquaculture research. After experiencing the energy and devotion of the FAU Harbor Branch scientists, I decided to support FAU Harbor Branch and join the Benefactors Society. Invitations to benefactor events like the Oct. 19 luncheon give us special access to the fascinating research and scientists at the FAU Harbor Branch community," Tapley said.
Members of the Benefactors Society of FAU Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute, support significant and timely research, impacting critical ocean issues.
Join the Benefactors Society
Community Engagement
Dolphin of the Month: 
Meet Jack-o'-Lantern (Jack)
Researchers at the FAU Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute first sighted Jack-o'-Lantern (Jack) in the Indian River Lagoon (IRL) in January 2021. Jack has been sighted three additional times since then.
The set of numbers on his dorsal fin is a freeze brand that was applied during permitted health assessment work by FAU and other agencies in 2011.
Reminder, if you see dolphins while on the water, you must stay 50 yards away.  
The FAU Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute Stranding and Population Assessment team conducts monthly photo-identification surveys of cetaceans in the IRL and Atlantic Ocean. If you see a marine mammal in distress, call 888-404-3922.
Our Photo ID work is permitted under NOAA NMFS LOC #23069 and our stranding response is conducted under a Stranding Agreement with NMFS and FAU Harbor Branch under the authority of the Marine Mammal Protection Act.
Be a Dolphin Spotter
Next time you're standing on a Florida shore and you see a dolphin in the water, take a picture!
You can submit that picture to the Dolphin-Spotter project and become a certified citizen scientist.
Learn more.
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Science Saturdays
Join the Ocean Discovery Visitors Center on the first of every month for a fun-filled, outdoor event. Bring the whole family and learn from experts while participating in a variety of interactive activities. Learn more.
Deadline: Oct. 28
2022 Art of Science Photography and Video Contest
Nov. 3, 1 to 2 p.m.
Research in Action:
Is Your Immune System Boss of Your Brain? with Paula Kurdziel, Ph.D.
Nov. 5 and 6
Right Whale Festival
Fernandina Beach, Fla.
Nov. 8, Noon to 1:30 p.m.
Getting to Know the NSF MCA Program
Nov. 15, 6 to 8 p.m. 
FAU Tech Runway's Maverick Reception, honoring FAU President John Kelly
Tech Runway, 901 NW 35th St., Boca Raton
Nov. 16, 11 a.m. to noon 
VPR on the Road
LE 103, FAU Harbor Branch Campus
Nov. 16, 5:30 to 7 p.m.
The Return of Florida's Great Goliath Grouper - New Opportunities and Challenges
Nov. 17
5th Annual Farm City Luncheon with Megan Davis, Ph.D., as keynote speaker
Nov. 28
Modeling the Ocean: The Conservation and Science of Marine Aquariums
Schmidt Family Academic and Athletic Complex (SF-107), Owls Perch Room, FAU Boca Raton Campus
Nov. 29
Great Minds Are Not All The Same with Temple Grandin, Ph.D.
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