PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. — Everyone who lives along the Indian River Lagoon is well aware of the toxic algae blooms that have been plaguing our waters. They have significant economic impacts, as well as affect quality of life for the people who live in or visit our communities. The issue of harmful algal blooms and how they impact human health is an ongoing, world-wide concern. Harmful algal blooms are a natural occurrence. However, they are increasing in size, frequency and location. ORCA Research Scientist Dr. Beth Falls will describe this issue and share the work ORCA and others are doing to better understand the relationship between harmful algal blooms and human health.
This Florida Master Naturalist Learning Series topic will be presented on Thursday, March 14 at 7 p.m. at the Savannas Preserve State Park, 2541 SE Walton Road, Port St. Lucie. The informational evening is presented by the Florida Master Naturalist Program – St. Lucie Chapter, under the facilitation of the UF/IFAS Extension St. Lucie County Natural Resources Extension Agent.
Dr. Beth Falls received her Ph.D. in Human Nutrition from the University of Florida in 1993 where she conducted research to identify, standardize and test biochemical parameters to assess nutritional status in humans. She was on the faculty in the Department of Human Nutrition at Virginia Tech University, before returning to her home state of Florida and joining the staff at Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institution as Deputy Director of Education. Since 2009, Dr. Falls has worked as a research scientist at the Ocean Research & Conservation Association–an independent non-profit organization focused on solving problems caused by water pollution. ORCA takes a One Health approach to their work. One Health–as defined by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention–recognizes that the health of people is connected to the health of animals and the environment. Dr. Falls is particularly interested in the overlap between environmental and human health.
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What: Florida Master Naturalist Learning Program: Toxin Transfer from Harmful Algal Blooms to People
Guest Speaker: Dr. Beth Falls, Ocean Research & Conservation Association
When: Thursday, March 14, beginning at 7 p.m.
Where: Savannas Preserve State Park, 2541 SE Walton Road, Port St. Lucie
Registration: Not Required; open to the general public
Information: Contact: Susan Hamburger, email@example.com
–St. Lucie County, Florida
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