Felicia Coleman, director of Florida State's Coastal and Marine Laboratory.
When the North Atlantic Treaty Organization wanted to assess the best technology for aiding the environmental cleanup of retired Soviet military installations in Eastern Europe, it turned to Roy Herndon and John Moerlins of Florida State’s Institute for International Cooperative Environmental Research.
When the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration wanted to develop better predictors of
When the Pew Charitable Trust wanted to gauge the
RETHINKING TYRANNOSAURUS REX
Using novel analytical techniques, Florida State biology professor Greg Erickson has changed the way people think about dinosaurs, showing us that the tyrannosaurus rex and its relatives were not merely big lizards. In his research, which was featured in Science in 2006, Erickson analyzes the bones and teeth of dinosaurs and works with ecologists to paint a vivid picture of the life cycle of these unique creatures.
A research destination for scientists from around the world, Florida State’s Antarctic Marine Geology Research Facility in Tallahassee was established by the National Science Foundation for the storage and study of marine sediment cores. Since the facility’s creation in 1963, it has housed one of the world’s largest collections of marine sediment cores and is the sole repository in the United States for marine sediments from the Antarctic region. These cores capture 80 million years of history for the Antarctic continent.
Florida State geologist Professor Woody Wise inspects one of hundreds of marine sediment cores permanently stored in near freezing temperatures at the Antarctic Marine Geology Research Facility in Tallahassee.
Professor Louis St. Laurent's research was described in a 2007 issue of Nature.
DYNAMIC OCEAN CURRENTS
Through National Science Foundation funding, Austin Mast is digitizing records at Florida State’s Robert K. Godfrey Herbarium and merging them with similar records in the Southeast. Plant research that currently takes months will soon be possible with only a few mouse clicks. Using sophisticated satellite and computer methods, our geography faculty members are also documenting flora, fauna and other important natural features in an environmental inventory that will be crucial in documenting global change.
SPONGE DECLINE HURTS REEFS
In a study of Caribbean sponges that has drawn the attention of marine ecologists worldwide, Florida State assistant professor Janie Wulff has made some startling discoveries about the health of coral reefs. Her 14-year study documented a big drop in the number of species and abundance of sponges, an important discovery because sponges filter small particles, including bacteria, out of the water; glue living corals onto the reef; and help regenerate damaged reefs.
Florida State’s T.N. Krishnamurti is internationally recognized as a pioneer in numerical weather predicting.
SUPERENSEMBLE HURRICANE FORECASTS
Meteorology professor T.N.
Krishnamurti is internationally recognized
as a pioneer in numerical
weather predicting. His innovative
method has shown enormous
potential in accurately predicting
hurricanes, droughts and floods. In
1999, he became one of the few Americans ever to win the International Meteorological Organization
Prize, the world’s top meteorology
Florida State faculty scientists Jeff
Chanton and William T. Cooper,
through a National Science Foundation
research grant, are studying
the carbon balance in Minnesota’s
peatlands. The pair’s research is
a creative method of examining
potential effects of global warming
and predicting the future magnitude
of that warming.
Bob Deyle, a
professor of urban
and regional planning,
is an expert
on hurricane hazard mitigation and
disaster recovery planning. He has
developed a model risk-based
emergency management assessment
program for officials whose
decisions could have billion-dollar consequences. Deyle’s research
has also received national attention
from county managers and
the insurance industry.
The Florida State-Mote International Symposium in Fisheries Ecology series explores emerging problems in fisheries science. Leading scientists from around the world meet in Florida to debate controversial questions whose answers are needed to drive policy. As a result, new ideas generated at past symposia have shaped research on many critical issues in fisheries science.
AMERICAN METEOROLOGICAL SOCIETY
Anthony Socci (Ph.D., ’82), a senior science and communications fellow with the American Meteorological Society, is a national and international expert on global climate change. He hosts monthly environmental sciences briefings on Capitol Hill and co-hosts a series of workshops aimed at improving the media coverage of science.
One of the world’s most distinguished conservationists, Claude Gascon (Ph.D., ’90) is senior vice president of field support programs and the neotropics division for Conservation International (CI), a non-profit organization working to protect the environment and life on Earth. He coordinates technical support functions for CI’s field programs in more than 40 countries on four continents.
NATIONAL HURRICANE CENTER
As a past director of the National Hurricane Center, meteorologist Max Mayfield (M.S.,’87) was the person millions of Americans depended on to keep them informed and safe when a hurricane was approaching.
Mark Thiemens (Ph.D.,'77)
UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA-SAN DIEGO
As a member of the National Academy of Sciences and the dean of the University of California-San Diego’s Division of Physical Sciences, Mark Thiemens (Ph.D.,’77) ranks among an elite group of scientific leaders who help guide the nation’s agenda in research. Thiemens is also a founder of UCSD’s Center for Environmental Research and Training.
As head of the School of Environmental Planning
at Griffith University in Brisbane, Australia, Neil Sipe (Ph.D.,’96) is an FSU graduate who influences environmental
policy and research beyond U.S. borders.
UNIVERSITY OF HAWAII
An internationally recognized oceanographer with the University of Hawaii at Manoa’s School of Ocean and Earth Science and Technology, David Karl (M.S.,’74) was elected to the National Academy of Sciences in 2006 for his work in environmental sciences and ecology.
Lauren Walker-Coleman (B.S.,’96 and M.S.,’02), the state of Florida’s primary water reuse specialist, has been named the 2007 “Person of the Year” by the WateReuse Association – the nation’s pre-eminent association for water reuse.
Florida State University’s new medical school building.
Home to members of the National Academy of Sciences; the American Academy of Arts and Sciences; Pulitzer Prize winners; Nobel Prize winners; and Oscar winners
$200 million a year in funded research
$16 million a year in environmental sciences research
40,000 students, of whom 8,000 are graduate students, from across the nation and around the world
College of Law has the nation’s 10th best environmental law program, according to U.S. News & World Report
Environmental sciences agenda includes global carbon budgets, water reuse, aquatic nutrient levels, ocean circulation and underground aquifers