Science & Technology

FSU Research: For better emergency management planning, consider stress and frustration

When a hurricane is dangerous enough to prompt evacuations, thousands of people find themselves fleeing at once. Emergency planning officials want to know the best ways to safely and quickly evacuate their residents. That’s often meant focusing on a single objective, like moving people out of danger in the fastest way possible. But researchers at […]

FAMU-FSU researcher awarded NSF funding for COVID-19 impact on municipal solid waste management facilities

A FAMU-FSU College of Engineering researcher is studying the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on municipal solid waste management systems with the help of a  Rapid Response Research grant from the National Science Foundation.  “There has been a lack of understanding of how the COVID-19 pandemic affects our waste management industry,” Assistant Professor of Civil Engineering Juyeong Choi said.  Choi and fellow researcher, Professor of Civil Engineering Tarek Abichou, will examine waste-management system-related […]

FSU researchers study Gulf of Mexico in international collaboration

When the Deepwater Horizon oil rig suffered a blowout in 2010 and began spilling oil into the Gulf of Mexico, scientists got to work understanding the effects of that disaster. But limited data on the typical conditions in the Gulf made understanding the potential changes from the spill more difficult. To make sure scientists weren’t […]

FSU statistics professor named 2020 American Statistical Association Fellow

A Florida State University faculty member has been named a 2020 Fellow of the American Statistical Association.  Yiyuan She, professor and assistant undergraduate adviser in the Department of Statistics in the College of Arts and Sciences, was selected by the ASA in recognition of his outstanding contributions to the field of statistical science.  “Being elected as an ASA fellow […]

FSU technology to monitor ocean currents licensed to Canadian data company

A Canada-based company has licensed technology created by a Florida State University researcher that can monitor ocean surface currents and assist with operational responses to oil spills, marine pollution, weather forecasting and search and rescue operations.   The technology, called Stokes drifters, was developed by Associate Research Scientist Nico Wienders and licensed to MetOcean, a company based in […]

FSU researcher available to comment on unintended environmental impacts of COVID-19

As people around the world isolate in their homes to prevent the spread of COVID-19, research indicates there may be some positive environmental outcomes. Robert O. Lawton Distinguished Professor Jeff Chanton from the Department of Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric Science (EOAS) said data show significant decreases in air pollution since January 2020. Chanton explained how the change in people’s patterns because of […]

FSU Research: Repurposing straw lets farmers grow more food with less water and fertilizer

A growing population needs more food. But the methods used to feed people, like land converted for farming and greater use of fertilizers, can lower biodiversity and jeopardize the sustainability of agricultural ecosystems. As the climate warms, irrigating crops will also become more challenging. Scientists are looking for better ways to feed the planet. Gang […]

Researchers find apelike brain in human ancestor

New research from a team of anthropologists has found that a species widely accepted to be an ancestor to humans had a brain with characteristics of apes. The research, led by a team of scientists from Max Planck Institute in Germany that included Florida State Professor of Anthropology Dean Falk, is published in Science Advances. […]

Superfluids may merge via corkscrew mechanism

Scientists at the Florida State University-headquartered National High Magnetic Field Laboratory have made a discovery in fluid dynamics that is truly worth uncorking a bottle of fine wine. Wei Guo, an associate professor of mechanical engineering at the FAMU-FSU College of Engineering, and MagLab graduate research assistant Toshiaki Kanai published a new study in the […]

It’s a family thing: FSU research shows guppies help their brothers when it comes to the opposite sex

When it comes to finding a mate, male guppies rely on their brothers to ward off the competition.   In a new study published by a Florida State University team, researchers found that male Trinidadian guppies observe a form of nepotism when it comes to pursuing the opposite sex. These tiny tropical fish often help their brothers in the mating process […]

FSU Research: Hidden source of carbon found at the Arctic coast

A previously unknown and significant source of carbon just discovered in the Arctic has scientists both marveling at a once overlooked contributor to local coastal ecosystems and concerned about what it may mean in an era of climate change. FSU researcher Robert Spencer co-authored a study that showed evidence of undetected concentrations and flows of […]

Beneath the Ice: FSU researchers find newly uncovered Arctic landscape plays important role in carbon cycle

As the ice sheet covering most of Greenland retreats, Florida State University researchers are studying the newly revealed landscape to understand its role in the carbon cycle. FSU researchers Anne Kellerman, a postdoctoral researcher in the Department of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Science, and Associate Professor Robert Spencer explored the composition of dissolved organic carbon […]