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Free lecture at the Deering Estate "South Florida's Forested Rocklands"

MIAMI (November 29, 2016)

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, December 7th at 7:00 pm is South Florida’s Forested Rocklands presented by experts from FIU's School of Environment, Arts and Society (SEAS) and the International Center for Tropical Botany. 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
Pine forests and hardwood hammocks have long been two sides of a 'habitat coin' on Miami's limestone rocklands. The pine forests harbor our richest suite of endemic understory plants, and the hardwood hammocks host the most species-rich woody plant flora in the continental U.S.

In this presentation, we discuss the forces that drive ecosystem dynamics between pine forests and hardwood hammocks, the biodiversity each supports and its variability across sites including the Deering Estate, and the most imposing threats to these rockland ecosystems.

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.