"Wheel of Fortune” to Feature NSU Associate Professor as a Contestant
Julie Torruellas Garcia, Ph.D., associate professor at NSU’s Halmos College of Natural Sciences and Oceanography, is a featured contestant on the nationally televised game show “Wheel of Fortune,” airing locally on WPLG-Channel 10, Thursday, October 13, 2016 at 7:00 p.m.
“Have you ever watched a game show from home and expertly answered every question or solved every puzzle? You may have thought to yourself, ‘I should be a contestant on that show!’ That was the case here,” said Torruellas Garcia, whose dream was to compete in the wheel-spinning show where contestants choose a letter to solve hangman-style word puzzles.
Torruellas Garcia decided to pursue her dream after attending a goal-setting workshop with high-school girls whom she mentors. “We were helping the girls set life goals and encouraging them to take action to achieve those goals. I realized that my goal was to be on a game show but I was not doing anything about it,” she said.
She was selected for a first audition from a random drawing of names. Three months later, she was called back for a rigorous second audition that included a written exam. Two weeks later, she received a congratulations letter.
During the summer, Torruellas Garcia filmed the show in Los Angeles where she met celebrity host Pat Sajak and hostess Vanna White.
“It was a once-in-a-lifetime experience that I will never forget,” she said, adding, “You will have to watch and see” if she won the game.
Halmos College Scientist Reappointed to NOAA Atlantic Highly Migratory Species Advisory Panel
Panel members, who represent commercial and recreational fishing interests, and scientific and environmental communities, provide input to National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Fisheries in preparing and implementing fishery management plans for Atlantic tunas, swordfish, billfish, and sharks.
Kerstetter is one of only four academic scientists in the U.S. Atlantic/Gulf regions to serve on the panel.
“I’ve been working with HMS since serving as a John A. Knauss Sea Grant Marine Policy Fellow with the International Affairs Division of NOAA Fisheries in 1998,” Kerstetter said. “When I returned to graduate school afterward, my research focused on blue marlin biology and management—a good combination of my marine science and public policy background and interests.
“This is my third term with the AP, on which I started serving in 2010. Not only is the intersection of research and management professionally challenging, but it helps provide real-world guidance to the managers at the federal level. I’ve also been able to use that insight into management needs to guide my own research program at NSU, which has benefitted several of our graduate students.”
Halmos College Alumna Publishes Study in Journal of Water and Health
Diana Aranda, M.S., alumna of the Halmos College of Natural Sciences and Oceanography, has published her thesis in the Journal of Water and Health.
Recreational water quality surveillance involves comparing bacterial levels to set threshold values to determine beach closure,” Aranda wrote. “Bacterial levels can be predicted through models which are traditionally based upon multiple linear regression. The objective of this study was to evaluate exceedance probabilities, as opposed to bacterial levels, as an alternate method to express beach risk.”
The study is a “prime example of collaboration between NSU units,” said Jose V. Lopez, Ph.D., a professor at the college who served as Aranda’s thesis advisor and co-author of the study.
Jay Fleisher, Ph.D., associate professor at NSU’s College of Osteopathic Medicine, was also a co-author and provided crucial interpretation and assistance to Aranda.
This paper discusses methods to assess the quality of our local beaches using a retrospective approach and big data,” Lopez said. “This work is consistent with our lab’s concern for seawater quality as it may affect the local habitats, such as mangroves, reefs, and beaches. We are carrying out more genomics-based approaches; however, all studies are complementary.”
WASHINGTON - Dolphins are dying in unusually high numbers. Sea turtle nests are declining.
Tuna are developing abnormally. And pelicans and gulls are still suffering from the lasting effects of a massive oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico five years ago, the National Wildlife Federation warned in a report released Monday.
The impact is concentrated in the northern Gulf, but scientists say the long-term damage affects spawning waters for many fish that migrate to South Florida, the Caribbean and along the East Coast.
OC Researchers Matt Johnston and Sam Purkis Discuss the Impact of Hurricanes on the Spread of Lionfish
OC Students and Faculty Attend Benthic Ecology Meeting in Quebec Citye
Last week 8 NSUOC graduate students and 4 faculty braved the cold in Quebec City to attend the Benthic Ecology Meeting. The following faculty/students presented their work: K. Klug, K. Cumming, B. Walker, C. Walton, K. Bruckner, J. Figueiredo, N. Fogart, L. Larson, M. Lopez, K. Correia, and L. Kabay.
Congratulations to Lystina Kabay for being awarded one of the best student poster presentations!
Sir Richard Branson Joins Guy Harvey In The Great Shark Race
Renowned marine wildlife artist and conservationist Dr. Guy Harvey and Sir Richard Branson are going to race each other! Well, sort of.
They have signed up for the Great Shark Race, and they are challenging others to step up and sponsor a shark in this one-of-a-kind race.
“This is a great way for people or corporations to get directly involved with cutting-edge shark research,” said Guy Harvey, Ph.D. “Plus, participants can promote their support and have bragging rights as family, friends and business associates follow their own shark online.”
Nova Southeastern University Researchers Discover Hurricanes Helped Accelerate Spread of Lionfish
Their names roll of the tongue like a rogues’ gallery: Floyd, Frances, Irene, Wilma and Andrew. But these aren't the names of notorious criminals; rather, they are just a few of the hurricanes since 1992 that have helped spread invasive marine species throughout the Florida Straits. Researchers at Nova Southeastern University's (NSU) Halmos College of Natural Sciences and Oceanography have discovered that storms don't only have a dramatic impact on land; they have an equally dramatic effect on ocean currents, which helps the spread of marine invasive species throughout a region. More specifically, NSU researchers looked at the distribution of lionfish in the Florida Straits.
Hot Water Corals in the Persian Gulf Could Help Save the World's Reefs
Just down the road from the world's tallest tower, in the shadow of monster sand dunes, marine biologists from around the world clamored onboard a boat for a visit to some of the Persian Gulf's coral reefs.
The waters off the United Arab Emirates (U.A.E.) coast can be murky and only have 10 percent of the coral reef diversity found in the Indian Ocean or on the Great Barrier Reef. But the researchers came looking for something even more precious: clues that could one day help coral reefs around the world survive the onslaught of global warming.
Center of Excellence for Coral Reef Ecosystem Science
Located on the coast of South Florida with easy access to coral reefs, the Center of Excellence for Coral Reef Ecosystem Science at Nova Southeastern University is the only research facility in the U.S. dedicated to this line of research. The five-story building, which is designed to withstand hurricanes, accommodates the special requirements of multiple disciplines—geospatial analysis and mapping, biodiversity, plant and animal studies, genomics, and hydrodynamics—and unites them in a single collaborative environment.
With the 24/7 owl cam and frequent pings from satellite-tagged great white sharks, it's like a live film fest of wild animals lately in Savannah. Here's another I just learned about: Mako sharks.
A mako called SOSF2 is toodling around off Savannah. Its latest pings are shown in the map above. A reader alerted me to his presence, saying, "The shark has been tracked over 250 days and has traveled nearly 4,000 miles. You can see the track and the location of the shark off Savannah at http://www.nova.edu/ocean/ghri/tracking/ selecting Mako Sharks 3. W North Atlantic and clicking on the shark SOSF2 on the list of tracks on the far right of the web page."
A surprise discovery along the south Florida coast has revealed dense thickets of a species of coral thought to be disappearing from the region's reefs.
More than 38 acres of staghorn coral have been found in patches on the reefs from northern Miami-Dade County to northern Broward County, in what scientists call a rare piece of good news for a species that has seen severe declines, largely because of disease.
Guy Harvey's favorite sharks? WPBT film ranks his Top 10
By Johnny Diaz, Sun Sentinel
Over the years, Davie-based marine artist and conservationist Guy Harvey has swum with sharks and painted them.
Now he's sharing his Top 10 list of favorites in "Sharks of the World: A Guy Harvey Expedition," debuting 8 p.m. Oct. 29 on WPBT-Ch. 2.
As he narrates the 45-minute documentary, Harvey highlights popular shark hangouts including Fort Lauderdale's Intracoastal Waterway, Nova Southeastern University's Halmos College of Natural Sciences and Oceanography in Dania Beach, and the waters off Mexico, the Bahamas, Costa Rica and Fiji.
"I care greatly about sharks and, through the film, hope to help people better understand the value of a living shark to our oceans," Harvey said by email. "Their strength and courage underwater make them the most captivating animals in the sea."
Now that fall is here, dolphin are on the move back south and South Florida anglers have enjoyed some of the best fishing of the year for the highly coveted species.
Capt. Bouncer Smith had a trip Monday out of Miami Beach Marina that rivaled any of his dolphin trips in May, which is typically the best time of the year to catch lots of dolphin.
Rob McCully and David Spain of Miami and Jonathan Lapin of New York caught their limit of 30 dolphin up to 20 pounds fishing along a rip with grass 12 miles offshore on Bouncer's Dusky 33.
"We caught dolphin up to 15 pounds one right after the other trolling feathers and ballyhoo," Smith said. "A fish would hit a ballyhoo, then a fish would hit a feather, then a fish would hit a ballyhoo and the next fish would hit a feather."
NBC 6 College Week at NSU (OC coverage starts at 7:30)
Protecting sharks off Florida’s eastern coast
Under a darkening Florida sky, with lightning flashing in the distance, we rode our 46ft dive boat away from Ft Lauderdale’s strip of beach hotels, on a mission to find the animals that most humans fear.
Leading our expedition was Derek Burkholder, an imposing, barefoot encyclopaedia of shark biology and a research associate at the Nova Southeastern University’s Guy Harvey Research Institute. Under his direction – and through a new periodic weekend offering at the Westin Beach Resort and Spa – we were participating in a new study that aims to protect the sharks off Florida’s eastern coast; catching the animals, fixing them with identification tags, taking tissue samples and returning them unharmed – though possibly irritated – to the ocean.
New York Times - A Call to Action Against a Predator Fish With an Import Ban, App and Even Rodeos
MIAMI — They eat anything that fits in their mouths. They reproduce copiously and adapt effortlessly. And they have become as ubiquitous and pesky as rats — only prettier and more conniving.
Nearly three decades after a lone venomous lionfish was spotted in the ocean off Broward County — posing as a bit of eye candy back then and nothing more — the species has invaded the Southern seaboard, staking a particular claim on Florida, as well as the Gulf Coast, the Caribbean, and even parts of South America. Spreading gradually at first, and then frenetically from 2005 onward, lionfish have become the most numerous marine nonnative invasive species in the world, scientists said. Along the way, the predators, which hail from the other side of the world and can grow here to 20 inches long, are wreaking havoc on delicate reefs and probably further depleting precious snapper and grouper stocks.
Marine biologist Colin Foord calls the fused staghorn coral seen above “a real survivor.”
Foord first came upon a colony of the Acropora prolifera—a hybrid of staghorn (Acropora cervicornis) and elkhorn (Acropora palmata) corals—while diving around Miami’s Fisher Island in 2009. The discovery surprised him—he had seen staghorns and elkhorns before, and this coral looked somewhat similar, but it was a fluorescent green instead of brown. He soon realized that this creature was in fact a fused staghorn coral—a rare find outside of the Caribbean.
Mako Shark Comes Calling on HalifaCaught and tagged off Ocean City, Maryland, and named for an Ohio elementary school, a fast tracking, young mako shark, dubbed “St. Marys”, is visiting the waters off Halifax today.
The five-and-a-half-foot juvenile male shark is among 35 mako sharks satellite tagged and being tracked by scientists from the Guy Harvey Research Institute (GHRI) at Nova Southeastern University. The institute began tagging mako sharks in 2009 to study their migratory patterns and now undertakes expeditions worldwide to study them.
Sir Richard Branson Blogs about Large Pelagics Research Center (UMass) and NSU-GHRI collaborative sailfish tracking program: From a close shave to a Necker visit: a sailfish's journey.
After a sailfish nearly took my eye out, I have a whole new appreciation for this magnificent species. Now, in a ground-breaking tracking research programme, we are learning lots more about sailfish. Very little is known about the habits of most species in the ocean, and the more we can learn and understand, the more we can do to help protect these beautiful creatures.
During the week, they draft briefs, argue motions and negotiate corporate deals.
But in their off-hours, these South Florida lawyers, judges and other legal professionals strap on flippers and dive into the ocean, just seeing the sights or doing volunteer work to improve the marine environment.
The 130 or so members of the group DiveBar have tagged sharks for the University of Miami and sponsored conservation research at Nova Southeastern University. Now in their most ambitious effort yet, they are working with NSU to build a living coral reef on what was once a barren stretch of rocky ocean floor off northern Fort Lauderdale.
With a doctorate in marine zoology and a gift for drawing and painting fish, birds and mammals, Guy Harvey is combining his love of science and art these days to help sharks.
The popular wildlife artist, whose work appears on everything from murals and posters to clothing and coffee cups, is busy through the Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation spreading the word about the importance of protecting sharks throughout the world.
In 2012 the Cook Islands announced the largest Marine Park on Earth. In stunning 4K imagery this film tells the story of how Kevin Iro, founder of the park, and his team use a high tech GIS system to designate multi-use areas inside the pristine park.
Can a bounty on their heads bring this invasive species to heel? What if we could get them off the reefs and onto a dinner plate?
The lionfish, a colorful Asian aquarium star that has invaded Florida waters, may soon have a price on its head. The Legislature allocated $427,000 in its recently concluded session to start a bounty program for the exotic fish.
Researchers Urge Caution When Exploiting The World’s Deep Oceans
Good Stewardship Is Vital for Sustainability for Future Generations – More Exploration and Understanding is Needed
FORT LAUDERDALE-DAVIE, Fla. – It has been said that we know more about the surface of the moon than we do about our own planet’s oceans. That especially applies to the deepest parts of our oceans – depths that are 200 meters or deeper.
Researchers from organizations around the world who specialize in studying and exploring the deepest regions of our oceans have come together to pen a cautionary tale that urges we take a critical look at how we’re treating our seas.
“We need to consider the common heritage of mankind - when do we have the right to take something that will basically never be replaced or take millions of years,” said Tracey Sutton, Ph.D., Associate Professor at Nova Southeastern University’s Halmos College of Natural Sciences and Oceanography.
A Tale of Two Sharks Mystery, Intrigue and History in the Making
Two sharks. Two species. And two different journeys that have kept marine scientists closely monitoring the migrations of these satellite tagged sharks for months—one for its place in history and the second for the way it continues to make history.
“Beamer”, a 200-pound blue shark, was caught by Blue Fin IV captained by Michael Potts last year off Montauk, New York during the nation’s first catch-satellite tag-and- all-release shark tournament named Shark’s Eye. Beamer made history that day last July when he was fitted with a SPOT (Smart Position Or Temperature) Tag and released. In fact, there were 64 sharks caught and released during Shark’s Eye, 33 makos and 31 blues. None were killed. (Shark’s Eye All-Release Tournament & Festival is returning to Montauk July 11-13.)
The D & D, owned and skippered by Danny Massa won top team honors in Saturday’s one-day Fort Lauderdale Billfish Tournament with six sailfish releases. The four-man team aboard Ray Crawford’s Master Plan was runner-up in the billfish division with Roland Crawford’s release of a blue marlin estimated at 100 pounds.
A New Day topped the funfish division with 82 pounds of dolphin, including a 29.2-pounder caught by John Auerbach.
Experts’ aim: Educate communities on coast about imperiled predators
She prefers t osummer in the glistening waters off Cape Cod. But come December, Katharine the great white shark travels more than a thousand miles to another tourist destination: Daytona Beach.
The 14-foot, 2-ton female is one of dozens of large marine predators scientists are now tracking—using satellite tags affixed to their dorsal fins—to peer into secret lives of sharks and their dramatic journeys north and south along the East Coast.
David Black was 7 the first time he saw someone pull on a wet suit and jump into the Atlantic Ocean. Right then, scuba diving became his dream. Whenever someone asked him what he wanted to do when he grew up, Black said he planned to move to the Caribbean and become a diving instructor.
Oh, and he also wanted to be a lawyer.
Black followed through on both ambitions. After college, he moved to Grand Cayman and taught diving for a year before returning to the U.S. and enrolling at the Boston University School of Law.
Now a 32-year-old associate at Berger Singerman in Fort Lauderdale, Black still dives — as many as three times a month — and usually with fellow members of DiveBar, a 2-year-old south Florida-based group that calls itself the “first underwater Bar association for legal professionals.”
By David Fleshler, Sun Sentinel
7:37 p.m. EST, February 3, 2014
Come to South Florida and experience the sun, the surf, the venomous tentacles of the Portuguese man-of-war.
It's the season for stinging blobs that resemble jellyfish to wash ashore, and purple warning flags were flying Monday at beaches in Broward, Miami-Dade and Palm Beach counties.
The Portuguese man-of-war tends to be found off South Florida from late fall to early spring, said Charles Messing, professor at Nova Southeastern University's Halmos College of Natural Sciences and Oceanography. When winds blow strongly toward shore, as they have in the past few days, the beaches become littered with the translucent gas bladders that are their most prominent feature (until they sting you).
William E. Gibson, Washington Bureau
5:37 p.m. EST, November 6, 2013
WASHINGTON — South Florida's coral reefs, a natural wonder worth more than $6 billion to the local economy, appear to be rebounding after decades of damage, disease and deterioration.
The iconic reefs, which attract divers, boaters, marine scientists and fishermen from around the world, have been spared in recent years from major storms and ship groundings, allowing them to survive and even grow offshore.
A federal study released this month brought more good news: Coral reefs may be able to adapt to warmer sea temperatures. That's a sign they can withstand a limited degree of gradual global warming — but only if carbon emissions are restrained to prevent unhealthy extremes.
The findings raise hope for the survival of the recreational and economic resource, just as scientists and officials gather in Fort Lauderdale on Thursday and Friday for the fifth annual Southeast Florida Regional Climate Leadership Summit. They will assess the costs and challenges of sea-level rise and global warming.
It’s a beautiful autumn afternoon on the beach in South Florida’s Fort Lauderdale-by-the-Sea. Surfers enjoy the waves. Swimmers frolic in the warm water. On Anglin’s Fishing Pier, also known as Commercial Pier, fishing buffs go for snook, croaker, mackerel and cobia. About 200 yards offshore, a dive boat bobs in the swells, and Richard Dodge, dean of the Halmos College of Natural Sciences and Oceanography of Nova Southeastern University in Hollywood, Fla., plunges into the sea to check on one of the university’s coral nurseries. “When I’m diving, I’m doing it for work, but it’s still fun. The reefs are beautiful,” Dodge says. “There are so many different kinds of animals and plants. It’s all very exciting, but for me the fascination is truly in working to better understand how these ecosystems function.”
"Postcard: Dry Tortugas" Time Magazine, September 6, 2010 p 6. (Article on NSU Scientists Jose Lopez and Charles Messing expedition on Greenpeace Arctic Sunrise to collect samples possibly affected by the oil spill.
Read all about Dr. Spieler and the BS in Marine Professional Studies here.
The Halmos College of Natural Sciences and Oceanography recently received confiscated endangered corals worth up to $1 million from two federal agencies ---- U.S. Customs and Border Protection and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service ---- for research and educational outreach display. Story has received a wide array of local and national media coverage, including Channel 10 Miami and NBC 6 Miami as well as the Tampa Tribune.
OC associate professor Jose Lopez was interviewed by radio station WCCO, a CBS affiliate based in the Twin Cities, covering Minnesota and the Dakotas, about the effects of the BP oil spill one year later.
Scientists: Oil Spill May Affect South Florida
Scientists at the Nova Southeastern University Halmos College of Natural Sciences and Oceanography fear that the Gulf oil spill will reach South Florida waters and impact fisheries, wildlife, and the economy.
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Diving Into Research
The World's Oceans Become Living Classrooms for the OC's Scientists and Students.
Red Sea Corals Mapped In Unprecented Detail
Using a combination of satellite, aerial and ship-based techniques, a team headed by NCRI researcher Sam Purkis has mapped little-known coral reefs along Saudi Arabia's Red Sea coastline.
Coral Reefs' Survival Off Broward Coast Surprise Experts
The ocean floor off northern Fort Lauderdale appears to hold little promise for coral growth, with cargo ships, condo towers, fishing and diving boats as constant threats. Yet over the past few years, scientists have noticed a sharp increase in staghorn coral, a delicately branched species that has declined so sharply that it was listed as a threatened species by the federal government.
Beached Whales Could Provide Insight Into Species
As scientists try to figure out what caused a rare beaked whale and her calf to become beached in the sands of Hollywood on Monday, some believe the incident could shed much-needed insight into the mysterious marine mammal.
South Florida Coral Nurseries Get Federal Stimulus
The ailing coral reefs of South Florida have received a rare piece of good news: The Obama administration has announced a series of economic stimulus grants that includes $3.3 million for offshore nurseries to help young corals grow.
Halmos College of Natural Sciences and Oceanographynter Professor's Shark Fin DNA Test Helps Prosecute Shark Fin Dealer
Mahmood Shivji, Ph.D., director of NSU Halmos College of Natural Sciences and Oceanography's Guy Harvey Research Institute, and his graduate students, helped the U.S. Department of Justice successfully prosecute a Florida man who participated in illegally dealing shark fins.
NSU Spearheads Largest Coral Reef Symposium In The World
The 11th International Coral Reef Symposium (ICRS) took place at the Broward County Convention Center from July 7-11. Richard Dodge, Ph.D., NSU Halmos College of Natural Sciences and Oceanography dean and executive director of the National Coral Reef Institute (NCRI) chaired the Local Organizing Committee.
NCRI Receives Federal Funding For Coral Reef Research
The 11th International Coral Reef Symposium (ICRS) took place at the Broward County Convention Center from July 7-11. Richard Dodge, Ph.D., NSU Halmos College of Natural Sciences and Oceanography dean and executive director of the National Coral Reef Institute (NCRI) chaired the Local Organizing Committee.
Fecal Bateria Survive Better In Sand Than Seawater
Traditionally, the cleanliness of a beach is monitored by sampling the bathing water a few meters from shore. But since sand is an effective filter, it follows that fecal bacteria (those from sewage) may be concentrated in the sand as the tide flows and ebbs.
Distinguished Marine Scientist Holds Seminar
Edie Widder, Ph.D., of the Ocean Research and Conservation Association, Inc., captivated a packed audience of faculty and students at the Halmos College of Natural Sciences and Oceanography with an extraordinary presentation on her research into marine bioluminescence.
Oceanographic Student Participates In Necropsy Of Rare Sei Whale
Earlier this month, Halmos College of Natural Sciences and Oceanography student Samara Parker, working with New England Aquarium's Rescue and Rehabilitation Department, was one of several marine biologists to assist with the necropsy of a stranded Sei Whale.
Reusable Energy In Ocean Debris
Nova Southeastern University Halmos College of Natural Sciences and Oceanography is taking part Wednesday in gathering tire debris from the seafloor and turning it into reuseable energy.
Monster Coral - The Oldest Living Animal In Florida
Believed to be the oldest living animal of South Florida, the Monster Coral has been discovered in the waters of Port Everglades, in the county of Broward, by a group of investigators of the Halmos College of Natural Sciences and Oceanography of Nova Southeastern University (NSU).
Do We Have Enough Sharks?
There seems to be some question about whether a lack of sharks are is upsetting the balance of nature. (KMOX 1120 AM St. Louis)
Coast Guard May Change Rules To Protect Fort Lauderdale Reefs From Freighters
Ocean-going vessels waiting to enter Port Everglades drop anchor in two areas nestled among three reefs that parallel the coastline. But this year, two large ships missed their mark and ran aground on the reefs, crunching delicate coral and sea fans. In response, the U.S. Coast Guard last week unveiled a draft emergency proposal: Limit the size of the vessels allowed among the reefs and restrict them to certain areas.
Bright Idea Of Tire Reef Now Simply A Blight
Now the idea seems daft. But in the spring of 1972, the dumping of a million or so tires offshore here looked like ecological enlightenment. What happened instead is a vast underwater dump -- a spectacular disaster spawned from good intentions.
New studies of the white shark (aka great white) show that its social life and hunting strategies are surprisingly complex.
Basking Sharks Face Low Genetic Diversity Worldwide
Scientists studying mitochondrial DNA of basking sharks, found in various oceans worldwide, have found very little difference in their genetic makeup, according to a paper published in the current online edition of Biology Letters.
Coral Reefs Hurting, Study Finds
Researchers are probing whether sewage and other pollution are damaging coral reefs that help protect coastal areas from storm surges.
New South Carolina Shark Species Found
Researchers have recently identified a new species of hammerhead shark hailing from waters just off the coast of South Carolina, according to two independent studies.
Big and Fearsome, But Vulnerable
Basking sharks may be among the largest fish in the world (they can be more than 30 feet long), but they are hardly monsters of the deep. Their slow movements make them an easy target. Because of that, they are listed as vulnerable by the World Conservation Union. But there is little data on basking shark populations. A recent study fills in the blanks a bit.
Feeding Effects Studied
A two-year study found that supplemental feeding changes the activity patterns, feeding habits and reproduction of stingrays.
Restoration Projects Bring Fish
Psst, beach divers and snorkelers...Lauderdale-By-The-Sea is not the only game in town anymore. You might want to direct your fins south to Hollywood's North Beach Park or Hallandale Beach's public swimming beach.
OC Faculty Member Receives Grant To Continue Research On Cetaceans
Halmos College of Natural Sciences and Oceanography faculty member Edward O. Keith, Ph.D. and his collaborator at the University of Miami, Lemnuel Aragones, Ph.D., were notified on May 24, 2006 that they were receiving a $10,000.00 grant from the Sea World Busch Gardens Conservation Fund to support our ongoing study of the Ecology and conservation of cetaceans (whales, dolphins and porpoises) in Ta?on Strait, Philippines.
Another Shark Species Is Found
Scientists from Nova Southeastern University and the University of South Carolina have discovered a previously unknown species of hammerhead shark in the southeastern Atlantic.
NCRI Awarded $10,000 From Protext Our Reefs Plates Program
The National Coral Reef Institute (NCRI) at NSU's Halmos College of Natural Sciences and Oceanography has been selected for an award in the amount of $10,000 from the "Protect Our Reefs" program funded by the sale of the coral reef specialty license plate.
Great Whites On The Menu
For years, great white sharks have been trophy-hunted for their large jaws and teeth. Now, thanks to a DNA test, conservationists have proof that smaller members of the species are being killed for their fins, which are likely sold for food in Asia.
Swimming With Sharks
On 11 December 2005, 60 Minutes broadcast "Swimming with Sharks", about the controversies surrounding shark cage diving in South Africa. The broadcast featured R. Aidan Martin, who teaches "Biology of Sharks and Rays" through the NSU Halmos College of Natural Sciences and Oceanography distance education programs.
Guy Harvey Research Institute Earns Recognition
The Mercury Pompano Beach Fishing Rodeo, a recreational fishing tradition in South Florida, is recognizing the world class fish conservation research of the Guy Harvey Research Institute at NSU's Halmos College of Natural Sciences and Oceanography.
NCRI Research Assistants Dive The Aquarius
Five NSU Halmos College of Natural Sciences and Oceanography / National Coral Reef Institute (NCRI) research assistants and graduate students had the opportunity to dive and visit AQUARIUS, the world's only undersea laboratory located 20 meters beneath the surface.
Shark Protection: Rapid Shark DNA Test Puts The Bite On Crime
Here's a riddle: How do you properly manage populations of animals that play vital roles in ocean ecosystems but are heavily fished, if you cannot even determine how many of the animals are being caught? The answer is you can't. But one Florida researcher is diligently applying new and innovative marine biotechnology techniques to correcting the situation.
A Devastating Delicacy
In order to meet an insatiable demand for shark fins, teeth, jaws, cartilage and other body parts, commercial exploitation is depleting shark populations worldwide faster than the sharks can reproduce.
Who's Your Daddy
DNA analysis of paternity is revealing that many apparently faithful animals are more promiscuous than once thought. But for the bonnethead shark, scientists have found the reverse. The revelation could have important implications for the management of shark fisheries, they report in the July issue of Molecular Ecology.
The Guy Harvey Research Institute has just completed one of the first comprehensive biological studies of the effects of interactive marine encounters with stingrays.
The Sherlock Project
On Thursday, October 23, Charles Messing, Ph.D. of NSU's Halmos College of Natural Sciences and Oceanography, co-hosted the exciting first live broadcast of "The Sherlock Project: Investigating the Natural World" from the Port Everglades entrance channel at John U. Lloyd State Park in Hollywood, FL.
Outboard Motor Donated
In return for NSUOC faculty and students participating in a manatee watch program during boat engine demonstrations, Honda Marine has donated a 225 HP outboard motor to the Halmos College of Natural Sciences and Oceanography.
DNA Test Better Protects Great Whites
A new genetic test will allow scientists to more effectively enforce the illegal plunder of great white shark populations for their fins, teeth and jaws.
High Cost Of A Fin
A new genetic test may hold the key to saving some of the world's most threatened sharks, whose numbers are crashing for the sake of a bowl of soup.
Stemming The Fin Trade
A new genetic test or identifying endangered species from dismembered body parts might help conservationists better document the fast-growing trade in shark fins.
Taking The Shark Out Of Soup
A DNA test that identifies the kind of shark ending up in shark fin soup is being hailed as a conservation breakthrough.
NSUOC Student Wins National Scholarship
Jennifer Magnussen, NSUOC Ph.D. student in marine biology, has been awarded the Dr. Nancy Foster Scholarship for 2002. Jennifer is one of only 4 students in the nation to receive this award. Click on the icon for more information on the scholarship award. The NOAA news release can be found here.
A Boon For Nature, Tourism
Recreation may not be the main reason for Nova Southeastern University's budding reef-nursery project, but certainly sport diving will benefit from it.
Clipping The Fin Trade
A recent Science News article indicates that research and policy initiatives could take a bite out of shark exploitation.
Global Experts To Study Dubai Coral Reefs
An international team of marine scientists will join hands with Dubai Municipality to conduct a series of ground-breaking studies on coral reefs at the Jebel Ali Marine Sanctuary.
Test To Monitor Fin Trade
A new genetic fingerprinting technique could now allow conservationists and fisheries managers to assess which of the 400 shark species are most threatened by the booming trade in their fins.
Shark Fins Out Of Soup and Into DNA Test Tubes
Shark fins bought in Hong Kong have been used by American geneticists to prove the effectiveness of DNA identification tests to help sound early alarms of overfishing of certain species.
Shining New Light On Stingrays
Two graduate students from the Guy Harvey Research Institute at Nova Southeastern University Halmos College of Natural Sciences and Oceanography are working with artist Guy Harvey to study the life history, biology, behavior and economic value of Grand Cayman's stingrays.
Late on the evening of August 6th a team of researchers from the National Coral Reef Institute [NCRI] at Nova Southeastern University witnessed a spawning event of staghorn coral, Acropora cervicornis, located on Southeast Florida coral reefs off Ft. Lauderdale.
Grand Cayman Sharks
Every Thursday and Saturday, divers attend the feeding of Caribbean Reef sharks, conducted by Ocean Frontiers, in conjunction with the Guy Harvey Research Institute.