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Free lecture at the Deering Estate "When predators need saving: Changing the face of conservation for sharks"

MIAMI (January 23, 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 Monday, February 6th is "When predators need saving: Changing the face of conservation for sharks." The lecture begins at 7:30 pm, with a reception at 7:00 pm. Free and open to the public.

About the lecture
Sharks are disappearing from our oceans at an alarming rate. Currently, one quarter of the world's sharks, rays and skates are threatened with extinction. The lack of comprehensive and up-to-date data on species diversity, abundance and distribution hinders efforts to conserve these important and dynamic marine animals and help populations recover.

As part of the Speaking Sustainably Lecture Series, experts will provide insights research and efforts to help protect these species including the ongoing worldwide shark census - Global FinPrint Project. An international, multi-institutional collaboration supported by the Paul G. Allen Family Foundation, the project aims to inform and drive regional and global shark conservation.

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.