Biscayne Bay In Crisis - Can Our Seagrass Be Saved?

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Join us for this important conversation with The Sierra Club Miami speakers about our very own Biscayne Bay.

Did you know that over 80% of the seagrass in Biscayne Bay is dead? What can we do about it? We will discuss the history of this vital Ecosystem and what it means to Miami. We will highlight and explore the causes of the collapse and identify solutions and take supportive action to heal the Bay!


Rachel Silverstein, Ph.D., is Miami Waterkeeper’s executive director and waterkeeper. Prior to joining MWK, Rachel was a Knauss Sea Grant Fellow and professional staff member on the U.S. Senate Commerce Committee’s Subcommittee on Oceans, Atmosphere, Fisheries, and Coast Guard. Rachel received a Ph.D. in the Department of Marine Biology and Fisheries from the University of Miami’s Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science in 2012. Her research focused on the effect of climate change on reef corals, funded in part by a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship, for which she used genetic methods to answer ecological questions. She’s received multiple awards and honors for her work, including a Miami Herald South Florida Visionary Award, a University of Miami Reitmeister-Abess Center Environmental Stewardship Award, and a fellowship in The Miami Foundation’s leadership program.

Sean McCrackine, 19 year veteran of Miami-Dade government, is a life-long resident of south Miami-Dade. He obtained his Bachelor’s in Environmental Studies then oversaw communications and media at the county’s Department of Environmental Resources Management. He was hired by former Commissioner Sorenson as Environmental Policy Aide and developed a host of sustainability policies and laws. Sean joined Commissioner Monestime as Legislative Director, focused on small business growth, job creation and infrastructure investments in economically challenged communities. He obtained his Master of Public Administration from Florida International University in 2014. Sean is excited to join Commissioner Cava’s team with focus on protecting and strengthening the quality of life for District 8 and all of Miami-Dade. Sean has been married to Lou Gilman-McCrackine for 20 years, and they have two children; Brandon, 18, and Olivia, 14.

Larry Brand is a professor of Marine Biology and Ecology at the Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science, University of Miami. He specializes in phytoplankton ecology, including Harmful Algal Blooms. He has studied Harmful Algal Blooms in Biscayne Bay, Florida Bay, Lake Okeechobee, Caloosahatchee River and associated estuaries, and the red tide along the west coast of Florida. B.A. in Biology, University of Texas, AustinPh.D. in Biological Oceanography, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution/M.I.T..

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