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Sea otters’ homecoming to a California estuary shows payoff in conservation efforts

In Engineering School of Sustainable Infrastructure and Environment, Featured, ICYMI, In the Headlines, NewsBy Karen DooleyStory originally published on UF News

In a groundbreaking study published in Nature, scientists reveal that the return of sea otters to their former habitat in a Central California estuary has slowed erosion of the area’s creekbanks and marsh edges on average by 69%.

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UF researcher: Floridians must “rise to the occasion” to fortify against impact of storms

In Department of Civil and Coastal Engineering, ICYMI, In the Headlines, NewsBy Mary Ellen KlasStory originally published on Tampa Bay Times

David O. Prevatt, Ph.D., professor of Civil & Coastal Engineering, studied the damage caused by Hurricane Ian and said Floridians continue to be slow to make the changes needed to fortify themselves against the costly impacts of storms. “When we rise to the occasion, we learn from our failures,” he said. “I contend that our learning from failure in a context of wind hazards is too slow and the growth of housing — being built in very vulnerable areas — far exceeds our ability to do something about it.”

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Understanding nature’s fury: UF researchers take their lab to the middle of the hurricanes

In Engineering School of Sustainable Infrastructure and Environment, In the Headlines, News, Research & InnovationBy Karen DooleyStory originally published on UF News

Forrest Masters, a civil engineer and interim dean of the Herbert Wertheim College of Engineering, and his team take field data gathered during storms and compare it to wind tunnel modeling performed at UF’s Powell Family Structures & Materials Laboratory. With support from the National Science Foundation, UF is developing new tools that test hazardous winds on a variety of artificial landscapes inside the lab’s wind tunnel to help better understand how storms impact cities and towns.

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CCS researcher developing AI model to predict harmful algal blooms in southwest Florida

In Engineering School of Sustainable Infrastructure and Environment, Featured, In the Headlines, NewsBy Andrew ShipleyStory originally published on FOX 4 Southwest Florida

Enrique Orozco Lopez, Ph.D., a postdoctoral associate at the Center for Coastal Solutions (CCS), spoke with FOX 4 Southwest Florida about the AI model he has been developing to better manage the water flow from Lake Okeechobee to the Caloosahatchee River, with the goal of reducing the amount of released nutrients that produce harmful algal blooms.

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Animal ecosystem engineers much stronger driver of salt marsh accretion than expected, study shows

In Engineering School of Sustainable Infrastructure and Environment, Featured, News, Research & InnovationBy Sharon Ryan

Researchers at the University of Florida (UF) and the Royal Netherlands Institute for Sea Research have shown that ecosystem engineering by mussels in Southeastern US salt marshes is a stronger driver of coastal ecosystems’ ability to keep pace with sea-level rise than expected.

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AAAS honors 19 UF, 5 college faculty as lifetime fellows

In Department of Chemical Engineering, Department of Computer and Information Science and Engineering, Engineering School of Sustainable Infrastructure and Environment, Featured, Honors & Awards, NewsStory originally published on UF News

The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), the world’s largest general scientific society and publisher of the Science family of journals, has elected 19 faculty from the University of Florida, including 5 from Herbert Wertheim College of Engineering, to its newest class, breaking previous records for the number of faculty awarded in a single year.

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Expanding Pathways For Black Engineers

In Department of Civil and Coastal Engineering, Featured, Inclusive Excellence, News, Research GrantsBy Shawn Jenkins

Denise R. Simmons, Ph.D., associate professor in the Department of Civil & Coastal Engineering and associate dean for Workforce Development in the Herbert Wertheim College of Engineering, is the leading principal investigator for the $1.28 million, four-year project “Critical Conversations: Systemic and Agentic Empowerment of Black Ph.D. Students and their Faculty Advisors in Engineering,” which is sponsored by the Racial Equity in STEM Education program, an initiative of the National Science Foundation’s Education and Human Resources (EHR) division that supports racial equity in STEM.