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For Immediate Release:
April 26, 2013
Media Contact:
Cathy Guerra

''Speaking Sustainably'' Free Film & Lecture Series at the Deering Estate at Cutler: Coastal Carnivores

South Florida is host to some of the richest natural resources in the world. The balance of human and natural systems in our growing urban community is central to political, cultural, and academic dialogues regarding the environment. "Speaking Sustainably" is a film and lecture series offered free to the public at the Deering Estate at Cutler, in partnership with FIU's School of Environment, Arts and Society. The series intends to engage the community with critical environmental issues of the twenty-first century and to inspire action.

Wednesday, May 22, 2013 at 7:00 pm
Topic: "Coastal Carnivores"
Mike Heithaus, Ph.D., Executive Director, FIU School of Environment, Arts and Society
Philip Matich, Doctoral Candidate, FIU Biological Sciences
Adam Rosenblatt, Doctoral Candidate, FIU Biological Sciences
Visitor Center Auditorium; FREE & open to the public.

On the southern tip of the Florida Everglades, the Shark River meets the Gulf of Mexico to form an estuary where a number of predators, including alligators and bull sharks, call home. Humans have greatly reduced water flows across this famed "River of Grass." Scientists from Florida International University have been studying predators in the estuary to understand how these animals will respond to changes in water flows, and to ensure they continue to fulfill their role in the food web.

The screening will be followed by a panel-led discussion and Q&A session. This program is free and open to the public. For more information please visit or call 305-919-6000.

About the Deering Estate at Cutler
The Deering Estate at Cutler, a Miami-Dade County Park, is located at 16701 SW 72 Avenue in Miami. This 444-acre natural and archeological preserve and historic site is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and serves as a center for education, culture and recreation. Historic house tours are offered daily at 10:30 am & 3:00 pm. Natural areas tours are offered daily at 12:30 pm (October - May). EcoAdventure Tours are also offered throughout the year for an additional fee. For more information on the Deering Estate's educational and cultural programs, please visit

About the FIU School of Environment, Arts and Society
As a part of the FIU College of Arts and Sciences, the School of Environment, Arts and Society (SEAS)  unites socially and environmentally-oriented faculty in an effort to better understand and address the challenges that arise from the interaction between human and environmental systems. Faculty in SEAS are invested in understanding how factors from both systems affect the environment, because long-term sustainability can only be achieved if human societies understand their impact in and responsibility toward these natural systems. The academic core of SEAS consists of the Departments of Biological Sciences, Earth and Environment, and English. Through research, education, and an interdisciplinary exchange of ideas, SEAS strives to bring about positive, tangible changes on local, national and international levels.