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Do you have wanderlust? Are you itching to venture off the beaten path, and maybe save some money on your travels at the same time? Consider a backpacking trip. Alumnus and Honors College program coordinator Ari Sernik ’17 is a self-proclaimed “backpacking enthusiast” who’s lived on three continents and spent four months in 2013 traveling...

Restoring the Florida Everglades will improve the availability of clean freshwater and the quality of habitat for wildlife, while offsetting impacts of sea level rise, according to FIU researchers. Researchers have compared the effectiveness of five different restoration scenarios, ranging from no restoration at all to full restoration...

America’s bridges are aging and in dire need of repair or replacement. Most U.S. bridges were built for a 50-year design life, and the average age of bridges nationwide is about 45 years. More concerning is that drivers make about 200 million trips daily across these substandard bridges. Conventional methods are inadequate to repair or replace...

FIU deployed more than 100 citizen scientists to investigate whether flooding from the most recent King Tide was bringing saltwater or freshwater inland to urban areas. The findings could provide critical clues as to why such unusual flooding is occurring in South Florida, what areas are most at-risk and whether the frequency of these floods could...

Hurricane Irma showed FIU botanist Oscar Valverde-Barrantes something he does not often get to see. All across The Kampong, trees were laying on the ground. A banyan tree that formed an archway over the entrance to the botanical garden was sheared away. The top two-thirds of a sorrowless tree, one of the biggest in the United States, was on the...

David Rifkind, associate professor of architecture at Florida International University (FIU) and interim chair of the Department of Landscape Architecture + Environmental and Urban Design discusses sea level rise in ‘Transforming a Metropolis’, an American Institute of Architects (AIA) feature article in Architect Magazine.A pressing issue for the...

Conservationists race to save remaining populations Conservation biologist Paul Reillo is torn between two worlds in the aftermath of Hurricanes Irma and Maria — one of swift action and one of waiting. There is little time to rest. More than 200 animals, many fighting extinction, are relying on him. The FIU scientist is the founder of the Rare...

By Jerreme Wade So much has happened over the last few weeks that it feels like the universe is trying to tell me something. Get organized! As college students, we have so many dreams, aspirations and goals that linger in the atmosphere. We’re just trying to figure things out! It starts in the classroom. Currently, we’re entering the midterm point...

FIU is on its way to making a full recovery following Hurricane Irma, starting with reviving the beauty of campus landscaping and greenery. All ground debris had been removed from campus in time to reopen Monday. Sept. 18. The debris will be sent for mulching, per university policy. Cleanup crews have already removed all ground debris and have...

Among the devastation wrought by Hurricane Irma last week, many downed trees and uprooted plants were left in the storm’s wake. Those in a rush to get things back to normal have been quick to break out the chainsaws and remove the fallen debris in the days following the storm. But not all fallen trees and plants are lost causes, according to...