SERC researcher and FCE LTER Lead Principal Investigator Evelyn Gaiser is featured in the Miami Herald on Everglades research. For the last 16 years, nearly 80 scientists and their students from 29 organizations have embarked on one of the longest and largest studies ever conducted on South Florida’s coastal Everglades. They now fear the system may be at what lead investigator Evelyn Gaiser calls a “tipping point,” where change is happening faster than scientists expected.
The first few nights of February 2017 have been chilly by South Florida standards. This episode of WLRN's Topical Currents examines how these temperature dips affect South Florida plants and landscapes, featuring the Southeast Environmental Research Center's Dr. Jennifer Rehage. Listen to the full interview here.
Every year during the austral summer, satellite imagery reveals a wide belt of unusually reflective seawater encircling Antarctica between about 38°S and 60°S. This bright, patchy halo, known as the Great Calcite Belt (GCB), covers 16% of the entire global ocean. New research by Balch et al. identifies key factors behind the formation of the GCB and explores its effects on carbon cycling.
FIU Architectural Design 9 focuses on developing strategies for sustainable and resilient design which engage the landscape and the city. The studio is coordinated with the FIU Sea Level Solutions Center (SLSC), an interdisciplinary hub for resources on sea-level rise and climate change topics, solutions-oriented research, communicating knowledge to inform decision-making, and creative educational curricula essential for a prosperous south Florida.
The National Ecological Observatory Network (NEON) is a continental scale observatory comprised of the Airborne Observation Platform (AOP), Terrestrial Instrument System (TIS), Terrestrial Observation System (TOS), Aquatic Instrument System (AIS), and Aquatic Observation System (AOS). The NEON Observatory covers ecohydrologic gradients in Alaska, Hawaii, Puerto Rico, and throughout the lower 48 states and is planned to operate over the next 30 years.
The Coastal Wetlands Group explores how interactions between biological, anthropogenic, and geomorphic processes influence the formation and survival of coastal landscapes. The desired field manager will coordinate field, lab, and/or modeling efforts, and also work on their own independent research. Depending on the applicant’s background, this could be either a field intensive or a modeling intensive position. More info here.
This program is designed to support research, education/outreach, and/or conservation projects related to the Florida Coral Reef ecosystem. The primary focus will be on restoration projects that significantly enhance capabilities of coral reef ecosystem resource managers, to more effectively utilize science-based information in promoting/implementing the restoration and long-term sustainability of these ecosystems in an increasingly-acidic and high-temperature marine environment.
Qualified students will learn about the Everglades ecosystem, history, water management issues, and policies related to restoration. Interns will go on site visits to major restoration sites, water management structures, and effected natural areas. They will grow their professional networks while meeting with scientists, stakeholders, and policy makers who are participating in the most comprehensive restoration project in the world. More info here.