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Veteran Florida Sea Grant Agent Takes on New Role as Harmful Algal Bloom Liaison

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Betty Staugler | NOAA HAB Liaison, Florida Sea Grant, University of Florida

For 17 years as an Extension agent with the Florida Sea Grant program at University of Florida, Betty Staugler has been based at the UF/IFAS Extension’s Charlotte County office, helping coastal residents and people whose livelihoods depend on the marine ecosystem deal with issues including harmful algal blooms in southwest Florida.

Sea Grant is a program within the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration that’s administered in Florida through the University of Florida.

Staugler is now taking on a new role now as NOAA’s Harmful Algal Bloom Liaison, where she’ll work with two other NOAA programs to coordinate harmful algal bloom communications: the National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science (NCCOS), and the NOAA CoastWatch/OceanWatch/PolarWatch Program (NOAA CoastWatch).

Her work will include developing new data-driven communication tools about harmful algal blooms to better serve decision-makers in addressing this growing concern.