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FGCU's Next "Moonlight on the Marsh" Lecture Addresses Red Tide Impacts and Potential Solutions

FORT MYERS, Fla. - Red tide killed a record number of manatees in Florida last year, while also threatening natural plant life and coastal tourism. In order to minimize the damage of such harmful algal blooms, water managers may have to explore more aggressive ways of controlling nutrients flowing into watersheds, according to a leading marine scientist.

Hans W. Paerl, Professor of Marine and Environmental Sciences at the University of North Carolina Institute of Marine Sciences in Morehead City, N.C., will discuss this pressing local issue Thursday, Jan. 16 as part of the "Moonlight on the Marsh" lecture series presented by the Everglades Wetland Research Park of Florida Gulf Coast University (FGCU). "Algal blooms and red tides: What's manageable and what's not" will be presented at 7 p.m. at FGCU's Harvey Kapnick Education and Research Center at the Naples Botanical Garden, 4940 Bayshore Drive, Naples.

Paerl also will participate in a panel discussion on algal bloom solutions with local and national experts at 11 a.m. Friday, Jan. 17 at the center. Both events are open to the public.

In its second year, "Moonlight on the Marsh" presents distinguished scientists from around the world discussing timely topics for students, other scientists and the general public.

"The 2013-14 series focuses on some of the gigantic ecological and environmental issues we have in Southwest Florida," said William J. Mitsch, director of the Everglades Wetland Research Park and the Juliet C. Sproul Chair for Southwest Florida Habitat Restoration and Management at FGCU. "Experts will talk about beach pollution and invasive pythons in the Everglades. We also have one more presentation this year on wetlands and how they can provide important ecosystem functions."

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