Started in 2018, the mission of the UF Thompson Earth Systems Institute is to advance communication and public understanding of current research discoveries about Earth’s natural systems — air, water, land and life — in Florida, and beyond.
Earth’s natural systems include the atmosphere, oceans, land, polar ice caps and glaciers, and life. Intrinsically connected, these systems affect one another and result in global change that profoundly impacts the future of our planet. Only by understanding the way the Earth’s systems interact, we will be poised to fully understand the ways human activity affects the natural environment in which we live.
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Florida Museum graduate students recently unveiled a new traveling exhibit and coloring book focused on the Miami blue butterfly.
Ants offer a window into the scale of the invasive species problem and Florida hosts 12 of the worst invasive ant species worldwide.
Two former K-12 educators have been named K-12 education and outreach coordinators for TESI's Scientist in Every Florida School program.
Science on Tap: Is Florida Trying to Kill Me?
It can sometimes feel like mother nature is out to get us, but is she really? The Florida Museum and the UF Thompson Earth Systems Institute invite you to grab a local brew and learn from scientists about whether hurricanes, sharks and sinkholes are actually here to kill you at our fall “Science on Tap” series. Download the event flyer: Science On Tap: Is Florida Trying to Kill Me?
Science on Tap: Hurricanes
Join us Wednesday, September 11 from 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm at First Magnitude Brewing Company.
Science on Tap: Sharks
Join us Thursday, October 17 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm at Cypress & Grove Brewing Co.
Science on Tap: Sinkholes
Join us Thursday, November 14 from 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm at First Magnitude Brewing Company.
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Action of the Month: Try your Hand at Home Composting
Imperfect composting is OK and you don't need any fancy equipment to get started.
Blue-Green Algae, Red Tide and Sargassum: Learn More About Algae Blooms in Florida
Thanks to the help of algae bloom experts, we’ve answered your burning questions about blooms, broken down by each algae type.
The Gulf Dead Zone: Smaller Measurement Doesn’t Hide Big Problem
The Gulf dead zone did not reach its record-setting prediction this year, but scientists say the measurement may not paint the full picture of the problem.
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Andrea Lucky Employs Ants to Teach Public about Invasive Species
Andrea Dutton Looks into Earth’s Past to Predict Future Sea-Level Rise