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Free lecture at the Deering Estate "Algae as Beacons of Environmental Change in South Florida"

MIAMI (January 12, 2017)

The "Speaking Sustainably" Lecture Series, presented by FIU School of Environment, Arts and Society (SEAS) and hosted by the Deering Estate, offers an opportunity to engage the community with critical environmental issues of the twenty-first century and to inspire action. The lecture on Wednesday, January 18th is "Algae as Beacons of Environmental Change in South Florida." Lectures are held at 7:00 pm in the Visitor Center Theatre at the Deering Estate and are free and open to the public.

About the lecture
Algae are a tremendously diverse group of organisms that play a key role in aquatic ecosystems. As major producers of the oxygen in the atmosphere, algae are fundamental to life on Earth. However, changes in the environment can lead to competition, affecting other organisms, such as corals, and posing a threat to the environment in some cases.

Identifying and understanding those changes is essential for forecasting variations in aquatic ecosystems and to inform appropriate policy. In this panel discussion, we will explore algal diversity and their interactions with the environment, and give examples of their beneficial and detrimental effects on aquatic ecosystems in South Florida.

About FIU's School of Environment, Arts and Society
By bringing together the natural sciences, social sciences and humanities, the School of Environment, Arts and Society(SEAS) at Florida International University (FIU) is transforming the way we conduct research, educate students and engage the community. Because the world's environmental challenges are multi-dimensional, the school's revolutionary approach to a full spectrum education will ensure our students become innovative leaders of the 21st century. SEAS includes three signature departments: Biological Sciences, Earth and Environment, and English. The school also houses many of FIU's prominent centers and programs.

About the Deering Estate
The 450+ acre Deering Estate is an environmental, archaeological and historical preserve. From canoe tours to bird walks and guided Historic House tours, the Deering Estate has diverse activities for the whole family to enjoy. The Estate is part of the Miami-Dade County Parks, Recreation and Open Space Department, which manages the Estate on behalf of the State of Florida.