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JULY 2022
Defending Our Coastlines:
Impacts on West Florida's Continental Shelf
Laurent Chérubin, Ph.D., a research professor at the FAU Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute, is the senior author of a recent study of the potential effects of climate warming and water management of the West Florida Shelf. Read more.
Protecting Our Health:
Improving Aquaculture
Casey Den Ouden, a doctoral student in the ocean engineering program at FAU Harbor Branch, was recently awarded the one-year $34,000 Link Foundation Fellowship on Ocean Engineering and Instrumentation.
Read more.
Art of Science:
Time to Submit
With this photograph, Clark Morgan, a graduate student at the FAU Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute, placed top in the In-the-Field student category for the 2021 annual Art of Science photography contest, hosted by FAU’s Division of Research.
Read the story behind his winning photograph.
To submit to the 2022 Art of Science, click here.
Sustaining Our Seas:
Sea Vegetables
Paul Wills, Ph.D., research professor, Megan Davis, Ph.D., research professor, and Ikuko Fujisaki, Ph.D., aquaculture research, recently hosted multiple workshops on sea vegetables.
Integrated Multi-Trophic Aquaculture
Substrates and Seasons
Culinary Dishes
How to Grow
Sea Grant Fellow
Alexis Sturm, a graduate student studying conservation of coral reefs at the FAU Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute, is a 2023 finalist for the John A. Knauss Marine Policy Fellowship program. Strum is one of 86 finalists in the 44th class of one of the most prestigious marine policy fellowships in the U.S.
Knauss finalists are chosen through a competitive process that includes comprehensive review at both the state Sea Grant program and national levels in programs with a focus and/or interest in marine and coastal science, policy or management. Read more.
Dorsal Detectives
Steve Burton and the FAU Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute Marine Mammal Population and Assessment team, were recently featured inside the Vero Beach magazine. To read the magazine story, click here.

Minding Marine Mammals
From January to June 2022, the team's similar efforts highlighted in the magazine, showed 70 attempted rescues of dolphins, whales, manatees and sea turtles.
One example includes a call that came in May about a possible injured dolphin swimming near the Jupiter inlet, Burton's team investigated. A search of the area found no injured dolphins, but photographs from the caller matched a dolphin already in the team's catalog. The dolphin, known as FLCN, has a white fungal skin condition on its left side of its body (in picture).
To report a marine animal in need of assistance, call the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission at 888-404-3922.
Community Engagement
Saving the Planet One Piece of Debris at a Time
After only seven weeks, middle and high school students have collected 10,696 pieces of debris, weighing a total of 864 pounds, from the local beaches.
The effort is a collaboration between the FAU Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute, the Boys & Girls Club of St. Lucie County and St. Lucie County Solid Waste Division.
All the collected trash - from plastic to lumber to metal and more - is being transformed into art sculptures, which will be on display at the Indian River Lagoon Science Festival in October.
Dolphin of the Month: Meet Parker
Parker is an adult bottlenose dolphin that lives in the southern part of the Indian River Lagoon and St. Lucie River.
In January 2021, she was rescued by the FAU Harbor Branch Marine Mammal Population and Assessment team. Since transporting her back into the water, about a year later, she was seen with her first documented calf.
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.

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