Thought Leader Webinar: Hypoxia in a Subtropical Estuary, Development of a Regional Monitoring Network

View this free, on-demand webinar with special guest presenter Dr. Austin Fox, Assistant Professor of Ocean Engineering & Marine Science at Florida Tech University.

With national news covering the unusual mortality event of charismatic megafauna (e.g., manatees), shrinking seagrass beds, and worsening harmful algal blooms, external pollutant sources are gaining renewed attention. Seemingly little attention, however, is paid to ecosystem services like natural nutrient removal, which has historically helped to balance incoming nutrients while mitigating their transport offshore.

In this webinar, Dr. Fox will discuss:

  • The declining health of estuaries with a focus on eutrophication and hypoxia in Florida’s Indian River Lagoon
  • The development of a regional dissolved oxygen monitoring network at the lagoon to better understand the spatial and temporal extent of hypoxia, as well as the relative importance of healthy sand versus muddy sediments toward mitigating nutrients
  • How data from the monitoring network’s HOBO U26 Dissolved Oxygen Data Loggers is helping to inform estuary restoration efforts

About Dr. Fox

An experienced biogeochemist, educator, and project manager, Dr. Fox is currently focused on the impacts of eutrophication on internal nutrient recycling in estuaries and the coastal ocean. His work with interdisciplinary teams of scientists, engineers, and managers addresses complex environmental issues, including environmental and habitat restoration, evaluation of new innovative technologies, stormwater treatment, and the development of environmentally friendly effluent treatment technology. Dr. Fox was recently recognized as one of the top performing researchers at Florida Tech University.