Christine Angelini is an associate professor in environmental engineering sciences and is the founder and director of the Center for Coastal Solutions. She is an ecologist with expertise in wetland, reef and dune systems, specifically coastal resilience and restoration. Her research focuses on advancing mechanistic understanding of how species interactions moderate ecosystem resilience to climate change and influence contaminant integration into food webs.
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The connection between human pollution and Florida's worsening red tide outbreaks
Health News Florida online
New research finds that human pollution influences the severity of red tides more directly than scientists previously understood. The connection sheds light on the need for better water-quality monitoring statewide — and ultimately, to reduce the nutrient pollution flowing into Florida’s waterways.
Florida's worsening red tide outbreaks
When the ominous rust-colored cloud of red tide begins to saturate coastal waters in Southwest Florida, it means beach closures. Asthma attacks. Itchy skin and watery eyes. Dead fish and a wretched smell that can spoil the salty breeze. Now, scientists also know it means pollution made the scourge worse.
UF study: Human activity provides for longer, stronger red tides
Naples Florida Weekly print
That humans provide fuel for red tides that makes the smelly fish-killing events stronger and last longer has long been anecdotal. Now, researchers looking at Southwest Florida have explained that the correlation exists. Environmental researchers led by the University of Florida’s Center for Coastal Solutions documented the link after studying a decade of red tide data from the Caloosahatchee River, Charlotte Harbor, and the surrounding watersheds including the coasts of Charlotte and Lee counties. The findings are published in the June issue of Science of the Total Environment, which is a peer-reviewed journal.
Nitrogen-enriched discharges from a highly managed watershed intensify red tide (Karenia brevis) blooms in southwest FloridaScience of the Total Environment
Medina, M., et al
Karenia brevis blooms on Florida's Gulf Coast severely affect regional ecosystems, coastal economies, and public health, and formulating effective management and policy strategies to address these blooms requires an advanced understanding of the processes driving them. Recent research suggests that natural processes explain offshore bloom initiation and shoreward transport, while anthropogenic nutrient inputs may intensify blooms upon arrival along the coast.
Initial estuarine response to inorganic nutrient inputs from a legacy mining facility adjacent to Tampa Bay, FloridaMarine Pollution Bulletin
Beck, M., et al
Legacy mining facilities pose significant risks to aquatic resources. From March 30th to April 9th, 2021, 814 million liters of phosphate mining wastewater and marine dredge water from the Piney Point facility were released into lower Tampa Bay (Florida, USA). This resulted in an estimated addition of 186 metric tons of total nitrogen, exceeding typical annual external nitrogen load estimates to lower Tampa Bay in a matter of days.
Responses of a tidal freshwater marsh plant community to chronic and pulsed saline intrustionJournal of Ecology
Li, F., Angelini, C., et al
Climate change causes both chronic and pulsed environmental changes to ecosystems. In estuaries, tidal freshwater marshes experience both extended and episodic periods of elevated salinities due to sea level rise, reduced river discharge during drought and storm surge, but most research has focused on extended (press) perturbations. Over a 4-year period, we added diluted seawater to replicated plots in a tidal freshwater marsh in Georgia, USA to raise porewater salinities from freshwater to oligohaline.
Governance and the Mangrove Commons: Advancing the cross-scale, nested framework for the global conservation and wise use of mangrovesJournal of Environmental Management
Walker, J.E., et al
Mangroves provide critical ecosystems services, contributing an estimated 42 billion US dollars to global fisheries, storing 25.5 million tons of carbon per year, and providing flood protection to over 15 million people annually. Yet, they are increasingly threatened by factors ranging from local resource exploitation to global climate change, with an estimated 35% of mangrove forests lost in the past two decades.