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Dr. Zack Jud 06/11/14 Lionfish in Florida: The New Normal?

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Published on Jul 10, 2014

Dr. Zack Jud is a marine ecologist whose research focuses on human disturbance in coastal ecosystems. Much of his research has been carried out on the Indian River Lagoon and its tributaries. In 2010, Zack discovered the first estuarine invasion by lionfish in the Western Hemisphere. The venom-spined predators from the Indo-Pacific have taken up an unwelcome residence throughout the Western Atlantic, Gulf of Mexico and the Caribbean. Ever-growing populations of lionfish pose a potential risk to our native ecosystems. Scientific research into the invasion has expanded at a rapid pace, much of which has been aimed at identifying how lionfish initially got into our waters, why they have been so successful here, what effect they are having on our native species and what, if anything, can be done to stem their spread. Join us as we address these questions and more, debunking myths and discussing the most up-to-date research regarding the lionfish invasion.

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