Common Sea Fans (<em>Gorgonia ventilina</em>) are one of several species of sea fans found in southeast Florida. Sea fans are also classified as soft corals or gorgonians.

Common Sea Fans (Gorgonia ventilina) are one of several species of sea fans found in southeast Florida. Sea fans are also classified as soft corals or gorgonians.

Photo: Chantal Collier

Juvenile bluehead wrasses swim along the reef in Palm Beach.

Juvenile bluehead wrasses swim along the reef in Palm Beach.

Photo: Joe Marino

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Southeast Florida Reef News

New Project Coordinator Tackles Climate Change

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On March 15, 2010, the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP) Coral Reef Conservation Program (CRCP) welcomed Katharine Tzadik as the new Environmental Project Coordinator (the position formerly known as the Land-based Sources of Pollution Project Coordinator). Raised in the UK and most recently residing in Puerto Rico, Katharine has travelled extensively, taking a role in conservation of coral reefs in several parts of the world.

Katharine has earned a B.S. in Biology from the University of Newcastle, UK and a M.S. in Marine Environmental Protection from the University of Wales in Bangor, UK. Her experience has taken her from working with sea turtles in Crete, to fish and coral monitoring in Fiji, to working with stakeholders through workshops and meetings in Mayguez, Puerto Rico. She brings valuable experience in project management and research, water quality analysis for watersheds, and a keen awareness of local stakeholder values and concerns to CRCP.

While expanding the duties of the Land-based Sources of Pollution Project Coordinator to include impacts from Climate Change, it made sense to change the title to reflect Katharine’s additional duties.

The CRCP has many exciting ongoing and new LBSP Local Action Strategy projects in development including LBSP 5 - Biomarker Study to Identify and Trace Coral Reef Contaminants, LBSP 8 - Benthic Mapping of Miami-Dade and Martin Counties, LBSP 24 - Educate and Change Stakeholders Behavior to Help Reduce the Effects of LBSPs on Coral Reefs, and LBSP 32: Using Stable Isotopes in Octocorals and Macroalgae as Sewage Indicators.

Watch for updates on these projects in the next issue of Southeast Florida Reef News.

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