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FCI at UN Climate Change Conference
The FCI is pleased to announce that Drs. O.S. Mbuya (FAMU) and Ben Kirtman (UM) will represent us at the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (NFCCC), Conference of the Parties 21st (COP21) in Paris, France, November 30 - December 11, 2015. More >
Climate Summit with Al Gore Calls on a Global Community for Change
FIU and The Climate Reality Project recently hosted 1,200 climate change leaders, representing more than 80 countries throughout the world, for the Climate Reality Leadership Corps training with former U.S. Vice President Al Gore. More >
11/20 Lecture w/ David Titley - Streamed LIVE
On 11/20 at 10am ET, Dr. David Titley (Penn State) will give a lecture titled "The Arctic & National Security: People Not Polar Bears" at the University of Florida in Gainesville. This special event will be streamed and archived online here. More >

Questioning Long-Held Theories of Climate Variability in the North Atlantic
A new study from the University of Miami challenges prevailing wisdom by identifying the atmosphere, rather than the ocean, as the driver of a decades-long climate variation known as the Atlantic Multi-decadal Oscillation (AMO). More >
Marine Predators Take Bite out of Climate Change
Marine predators could be a key factor in climate change mitigation, according to Mike Heithaus and James Fourqurean (FIU). Evidence suggests that intact predator populations are critical to maintaining or growing reserves of 'blue carbon' (carbon stored in coastal or marine ecosystems). More >
Sex and Sea Turtles: Climate Change, Sea Level Rise Impacts
Jeanette Wyneken (FAU) co-authored a study showing that the shift in climate is shifting turtles as well, because as the temperature of their nests change so do their reproduction patterns. Warmer conditions produce females and cooler conditions produce males. More >

Alaskan Soil Thaw Sends Carbon Directly Back into Atmosphere
Travis Drake and Robert Spencer (FSU) sampled permafrost soil in an Alaskan tunnel and found that as soon as the organic material thaws, the carbon is almost immediately consumed by microbes and released back into the air as carbon dioxide, feeding the global climate cycle. More >
King Crabs Threaten Antarctic Ecosystem 
King crabs may soon become high-level predators in Antarctic marine ecosystems, according to a new study led by Richard Aronson (FIT). Rising ocean temperatures should make it possible for the crabs to move to the shallow continental shelf from their current deep-sea habitat within the next several decades. More >
A Balanced Diet is Good for Corals Too
A new study co-led by University of Miami researchers found that a nutrient-rich, balanced diet is beneficial to corals during stressful thermal events. The research concluded that the particular nutrient balance in seawater is what matters most. More >

Florida Natural Resources Leadership Institute Now Accepting Applications
NRLI is an 8-month professional development program that seeks to impact natural resource decision making in Florida. More >
FIU, FEMA Partner to Build Climate Change Resiliency
To build climate change resiliency, FEMA has partnered with FIU to help community leaders assess and improve their capabilities to prevent, mitigate, respond to and recover from climate impacts.  More >
USF Launching 4 New Graduate Certificates in Sustainability
The certificates will start in the Spring of 2016. Topics are: Sustainable Tourism; Energy Sustainability; Water Sustainability; and Global SustainabilityMore >
Sea Level Rise Projection Recommendation for Tampa Bay
The Tampa Bay Climate Science Advisory Panel has drafted a "Recommended Projection of Sea Level Rise in the Tampa Bay Region." The recommendation provides guidance on what sea level rise projections should be incorporated into local planning efforts. More >
PINEMAP Hosted Virtual Meeting with Dr. Andrew Hoffman
Dr. Hoffman is the author of "How Culture Shapes the Climate Change Debate." A recording of the meeting is available here. More >

FAU Hosted Meeting on Everglades Invasive Species
About 50 researchers and managers participated in a series of presentations and working sessions. More >
Other Notes
Ricardo Alvarez (FAU) has developed an online course: Beyond Single Building Toward a Community and Regional Resilience Approach

Stephanie Zick (UF) received the Evelyn L. Pruitt National Fellowship for Dissertation Research from the Society of Women Geographers.

Nov 3-5, 2015 | Rising Seas Summit | Cambridge, MA

Nov 30 - Dec 11, 2015 | United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP21/CMP11) | Paris, France

Dec 14-18, 2015 | American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting | San Francisco, CA

Jan 10-14, 2016 | American Meteorological Society Annual Meeting | New Orleans, LA

May 9-13, 2016 | US-Netherlands Connection (USNC) Professional Program | The Netherlands

FCI affiliates and/or authors from FCI member universities are in bold.
Alvarez, R. A. (2015). Hurricane Mitigation for the Built Environment. Boca Raton, FL: CRC Press.

Aronson, R. B., Smith, K. E., Vos, S. C.,... Ellis, D. S., ... Schiferl, J. C., van Woesik, R., Martin., M. A., Steffel, B. V., Deal, M. E., Lazarus, S. M., et al. (2015). No barrier to emergence of bathyal king crabs on the Antarctic shelf. PNAS, 112(42), 12997-13002.

Atwood, T. B., Connolly, R. M., Ritchie, E. G., Lovelock, C. E., Heithaus, M. R., Hays, G. C., Fourqurean, J. W., & Macreadie, P. I. (2015). Predators help protect carbon stocks in blue carbon ecosystems. Nature Climate Change, early online release.

Bastola, S. (2014). Uncertainty in Climate Change Studies. In S. Shrestha, M. S. Babel, & V. P. Pandey (Eds.), Climate Change and Water Resources (pp. 81-108). Boca Raton, FL: CRC Press.

Bianchi, T. S. (2015). Permafrost-eating bacteria: a new twist on thawing Arctic and global warming. The Conversation, October 5.

Bianchi, T. S., Galy, V., Rosenheim, B., Shields, M., Cui, X., & Van Metre, P. (2015). Paleoreconstruction of Organic Carbon Inputs to an Oxbow Lake in the Mississippi River Watershed: Effects of Dam Construction and Land-Use Change on Regional Inputs. Geophys. Res. Lett., early online release.

Brooks, J., Goyal, S., Subramany, R., Lin, Y., Liao, C., Middelkoop, T.; Ingley, H.; Arpan, L., & Barooah, P. (2015). Experimental evaluation of occupancy-based energy-efficient climate control of VAV terminal unitsScience and Technology for the Built Environment21(4), 469-480.

Brown, T. R., Dogaris, I., Meiser, A., Walmsley, L., Welch, M., & Philippidis, G. (2015). Development of A Scalable Cultivation System for Sustainable Production of Algal Biofuels. In Proceedings of the 23rd European Biomass Conference & Exhibition, Vienna, Austria, June 1-4 2015 (pp. 104-107).

Clement, A., Bellomo, K., Murphy, L. N., Cane, M. A., Mauritsen, T., Radel, G., et al. (2015). The Atlantic Multidecadal Oscillation without a role for ocean circulation. Science, 350(6258), 320-324.

Dai, H., Ye, M., & Niedoroda, A. W. (2015). A Model for Simulating Barrier Island Geomorphologic Responses to Future Storm and Sea-Level Rise Impacts. Journal of Coastal Research, 315, 1091-1102.

Dogaris, I., Welch, M., Meiser, A., Walmsley, L., & Philippidis, G. (2015). A novel horizontal photobioreactor for high-density cultivation of microalgaeBioresource Technology, 198, 316-324.

Drake, T. W., Wickland, K. P., Spence, R. G. M., McKnight, D. M., & Striegl, R. G. (2015). Ancient low-molecular-weight organic acids in permafrost fuel rapid carbon dioxide production upon thawPNAS, early online release.

Evans, J. M., Calabria, J., Borisova, T., Boellstorf, D. E., Sochacka, N., Smolen, M. D., et al. (2015). Effects of local drought condition on public opinions about water supply and future climate change. Climatic Change, 132(2), 193-207.

Ghebremichael, K., Eckart, J., Khatri, K., & Vairavamoorthy, K. (2015). Integrated Water Resources Management. In J. Bartram (Ed.), Routledge Handbook of Water and Health. New York, NY: Routledge.

Greenberg, C. H., Goodrick, S., Austin, J. D., & Parresol, B. R. (2015). Hydroregime Prediction Models for Ephemeral Groundwater-Driven Sinkhole Wetlands: a Planning Tool for Climate Change and Amphibian Conservation. Wetlands, 35(5), 899-911.

Kemp, A. C., Dutton, A., & Raymo, M. E. (2015). Paleo Constraints on Future Sea-Level Rise. Curr Clim Change Rep1(3), 205-215.

Kulawardhana, R. W., Feagin, R. A., Popescu, S. C., Boutton, T. W., Yeager, K. M., & Bianchi, T. S. (2015). The role of elevation, relative sea-level history and vegetation transition in determining carbon distribution in Spartina alterniflora dominated salt marshes. Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf Science, 154, 48-57.

Li, D., Yao, P., Bianchi, T. S., Zhao, B., Pan, H., Zhang, T., et al. (2015). Historical reconstruction of organic carbon inputs to the East China Sea inner shelf: Implications for anthropogenic activities and regional climate variability. The Holocene, online release.

Lolavar, A., & Wyneken, J. (2015). Effect of rainfall on loggerhead turtle nest temperatures, sand temperatures and hatchling sex. Endang. Species. Res., 28(3), 235-247.

Marechaux, I., Bartlett, M. K., Sack, L., Baraloto, C., Engel, J., Joetzjer, E., et al. (2015). Drought tolerance as predicted by leaf water potential at turgor loss point varies strongly across species within an Amazonian forest. Funct Ecol, 29(10), 1268-1277.

Maul, G. A., & Martin, D. M. (2015). Merged Miami Sea LevelMarine Geodesy38(3), 277-280.

Parker, M. L., Fraser, W. R., Ashford, J., Patarnello, T., Zane, L., & Torres, J. J. (2015). Assemblages of micronektonic fishes and invertebrates in a gradient of regional warming along the Western Antarctic Peninsula. Journal of Marine Systems, 152, 18-41.

Radke, E. G., Reich, A., & Morris, J. G. (2015). Epidemiology of Ciguatera in Florida. American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene, 93(2), 425-432.

Ruppert, T., Fergus, J., & Stewart, A. (2015). Environmentally Compromised Road Segments - A Model Ordinance. Gainesville, FL: Florida Sea Grant.

Ruppert, T., & Stewart, A. (2015). Sea-Level Rise Adaptation Financing at the Local Level in Florida. Gainesville, FL: Florida Sea Grant.

Troxler, T. G., Barr, J. G., Fuentes, J. D., Engel, V., Anderson, G., Sanchez, C., Lagomasino, D., Price, R., & Davis, S. E. (2015). Component-specific dynamics of riverine mangrove CO2 efflux in the Florida coastal Everglades. Agricultural and Forest Meteorology, 213, 273-282.

Uejio, C. K., et al. (2015). Climatic Influences on Cryptoccoccus gattii Populations, Vancouver Island, Canada, 2002-2004Emerging Infectious Diseases, 21(11), 1989-1996.

Vairavamoorthy, K., Eckart, J., Ghebremichael, K., & Tsegaye, S. (2015). Integrated Urban Water Management. In J. Bartram (Ed.), Routledge Handbook of Water and Health. New York, NY: Routledge.

Vasudev, D., Fletcher Jr, R. J., Goswami, V. R., & Krishnadas, M. (2015). From dispersal constraints to landscape connectivity: lessons from species distribution modeling. Ecography, 38(10), 967-978.

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