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Stephany Alvarez-Ventura 09, MS ’11- Environmental Studies Alumna

Stephany Alvarez-Ventura 09, MS ’11- Environmental Studies Alumna

Stephany Alvarez-Ventura 09, MS ’11 finds answers to food security by studying honeybees, colony collapse disorder, and the effectiveness of different methods for controlling Varroa destructor, the honeybee parasite that plays a role in their disappearance. Her research aims to recommend sound farming and beekeeping practices and policies that will better ensure long term food […]

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Javier Francisco-Ortega, Associate Professor of Biology

Javier Francisco-Ortega, Associate Professor of Biology

Javier Francisco-Ortega is an associate professor in the Department of Biological Sciences at FIU, where he teaches and studies plant systematics with a focus on using molecular tools to establish phylogenetic relationships among taxa. He is also the head of FIU/Fairchild Plant Molecular Systematics Laboratory for the Center for Tropical Plant Conservation at the Fairchild […]

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Heidi Scott – Ecocriticism Professor

Heidi Scott – Ecocriticism Professor

‪Heidi Scott is an assistant professor of English at Florida International University. Her area of expertise is literary ecocriticism, with special consideration of 19th century British literature.  Her interests include the history of the industrial revolution, resource consumption, and climate change, and she has published on science and rhetoric, evolutionary theory, and the history of ecological […]

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Steven Oberbauer – Biology Professor

Steven Oberbauer – Biology Professor

An invaluable member of the FIU family, Professor Steve Oberbauer joined the Department of Biological Sciences in 1988. A graduate of the Duke University Ph.D. botany program, Oberbauer came to FIU from San Diego State University, where he was a member of the Systems Ecology Research Group. His research regularly takes him to the Alaskan […]

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Allan Phipps MS ’00 – Biology Alumnus

Allan Phipps MS ’00 – Biology Alumnus

An educator for 11 years, Allan Phipps teaches advanced placement courses in environmental science and alternative energies at South Plantation High School’s Everglades Restoration and Environmental Science Magnet Program. Known for engaging his students in hands-on, project-based learning, Phipps mentors multiple environmental projects, including the deployment of artificial reefs and a student-built solar car that […]

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Joel Trexler – Professor & Researcher, Biological Sciences

Joel Trexler – Professor & Researcher, Biological Sciences

Joel Trexler is a professor of Biological Science and the director of the Marine Science Program within the Department of Biological Sciences at FIU. His research interests include ecology of fishes, population and community dynamics of fishes and aquatic invertebrates, the role of tropic interactions and physical-environmental variation in community regulation, evolution of life history […]

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Fausto Fleites, PhD Student

Fausto Fleites, PhD Student

I recently completed my first year as a Ph.D. student in FIU’s Computer Science program. At FIU, I have been given the opportunity to work with the Florida Public Hurricane Loss Model, a project funded by the state of Florida that projects hurricane losses incurred by insurance companies. It is the only public model whose […]

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Philip Lazarus, Psychology Professor

Philip Lazarus, Psychology Professor

We have too many troubled children with undeveloped or impaired interpersonal skills whose first response to a social problem is violence. We have young people shooting, stabbing, stomping or burning their class mates. We need to implement innovative programs, curriculums and school structures that prevent these incidents from occurring rather than respond to them in […]

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Michael Heithaus, Marine Biology Professor

Michael Heithaus, Marine Biology Professor

I’m a marine biologist who loves exploring the world’s oceans. From the Florida Keys to Shark Bay, Australia, I’m investigating potential impacts to our ecosystems as the population numbers of the oceans’ predators continue to drop. My goal is to not only find solutions to help these populations, but also educate the general public about […]

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