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Thursday, January 10, 2019

FSU Coastal & Marine Lab Auditorium, 3618 Coastal Highway 98, St. Teresa, FL 32358

Phone Number
(850) 697-4120



The Science Behind Red Tides

Understanding The Organism As A Key To Mitigate Its Impact On Our Communities

by Dr. Sven A. Kranz , PhD, Assistant Professor Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric Science (EOAS) Florida State University 

7 pm-Free & open to the public.  Lecture followed by light refreshments and conversation with the speaker.

Red tides occur around the globe and are commonly associated with eutrophication of coastal marine ecosystems. The microscopic single celled organism forming these red tides, so called phytoplankton, often affect the ecology and economy of coastal communities and can even impact human health. While red tides are projected to increase in intensity and frequency in a future ocean affected by higher global temperatures and enhanced nutrient loads, we still don’t fully understand which cellular processes lead to the success of the phytoplankton species contributing to red tides. In this talk, I will discuss the organisms responsible for red tides, explain their interesting evolution and ecophysiology, and highlight the state of research on the Florida red tide organism Karenia brevis. I will also introduce some recommendations to reduce the impact of red tides on the West-Florida-Shelf.

A part of the Conservation Lecture Series, Enhancing Global Coastal Literacy in Florida.






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