FAMU Ph.D. Graduate’s Passion for Environmental Justice Fuels PFAS Research

August 10, 2023
For Saginaw native and CCME-II EPP/MSI Scholar, Andrea Pugh-Kelley, the Flint Water Crisis and contamination of the Great Lakes is personal.  In the aftermath of the city of Flint, Michigan, water crisis, Pugh-Kelley wrote her dissertation on PFAS,  an emerging major contaminant in the Great Lakes region. READ MORE...

CCME-II Scholars Train Aboard the RV Weatherbird II

July 18, 2023
FIO deployed the R/V Weatherbird II with NOAA CCME-II scholars onboard to conduct field sampling as part of the 2023 CCME-II Center-Wide Core Competence Training.

FAMU CCME II Scholars at Carrabelle Research Cruise

March 30, 2023
CCME-II at FAMU hosted two events in collaboration with NOAA OAR’s Office of Research, Transition, and Application (ORTA) and Uncrewed Systems (UxS) Research Transition Office (UxSRTO). This event, conducted in Carabelle, FL, also included participation from the Florida Institute of Oceanography providing FAMU scholars with an opportunity to participate in hands-on marine research activities aboard the R/V Hogarth. Students were introduced to various ways uncrewed systems are utilized in NOAA research, gained exposure to career paths within NOAA that integrate use of uncrewed systems, and learned about training requirements for operating UAS for research. They engaged in hands-on training on how to use sampling devices such as how to set, deploy, retrieve a shipek sediment sampler. Others also used a benthic trawler and a plankton tow for biological sampling.


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Last year Dr. Martínez-Colón was approached by European colleagues to be a collaborator of a proposal to be funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF). The four-year proposal was approved!

Dr. Michael Martínez-Colón
Dr. Michael Martínez-Colón

The project, undeRstanding coral thErmal bleaching threSholds during past interglacIaL extremes: Insight into thermal strEsses dyNamics on tropical Coral reef Ecosystems (RESILIENCE), contributes to the understanding of climate dynamics in tropical (e.g., Florida Keys) and subtropical regions, and to understand the cause of the survival and or decline of coral reefs, which is presently a global serious concern.

CCME-II Core Staff

Dr. Larry Robinson Dr. Larry Robinson
Principal Investigator
Center Director Dr. Michael Abazinge
Center Director Dr. Richard Long
Center Director
Deputy Director Dr. Viniece Jennings
Deputy Director
Distinguished Research Scientist Dr. Steve Morey
Distinguished Research Scientist
Education Expert Dr. Bernadette Kelley
Education Expert
Administrative Coordinator Sherry Wells
Administrative Coordinator

CCME Latest Publications

Camarillo Jr., D., Mogus Garcia, E.*, and Cintra-Buenrostro, CE. (2023). Biodiversity of forage fishes in the Lower Laguna Madre, southernmost TexasMarine and Fishery Sciences, 36 (2): 149-163 (2023)

Cho, H. J., & Reiter, M. (2023). The trails, roads, paths, and waterways of the Halifax River Urban Watershed: Drivers and reflections of a changing landscape. The Florida Geographer, 54((54)), Article (54).

Fadare, O.O., Martin, L., Lascelles, N., Myers, J.T., Kaiser, K., Xu, W. and Conkle, J.L. (2023), Binary solvent extraction of microplastics from a complex environmental matrix. Limnol Oceanogr Methods.

Fitzsimmons-Doolan S and Beseres Pollack J (2023) Shifting linguistic patterns in oyster restoration news articles surrounding the Deepwater Horizon disaster. Front. Conserv. Sci. 4:1113844.

Bollinger, M., Macartney, K. J., Easton, E. E., & Hicks, D. (2022). Islands in the mud: The South Texas banks provide crucial mesophotic habitat for coral communities. Frontiers in Marine Science.
Saccomanno, V. R., Bell, T., Pawlak, C., Stanley, C. K., Cavanaugh, K. C., Hohman, R., ... & Gleason, M. (2022). Using unoccupied aerial vehicles to map and monitor changes in emergent kelp canopy after an ecological regime shift. Remote Sensing in Ecology and Conservation.
Vallejo, J., Sanchez, K., Roozee, E., & Temby, O. (2022). Disaster resilience versus ecological resilience and the proposed second causeway to south Padre Island. Case Studies in the Environment6(1), 1714379.