The Everglades ecosystem is vast, stretching more than 200 miles from Orlando to Florida Bay, and Everglades National Park is but a part located at the southern end. During the 19th and 20th centuries, the historical Everglades has been reduced to half of its original size, and what remains is not the pristine ecosystem many image it to be, but one that has been highly engineered and otherwise heavily influenced, and is intensely managed by humans.
An entirely new community of life on the skin and shells of sea turtles was revealed to the world in 2015 when several new species of diatoms (a type of microscopic algae) unique to sea turtles were described. Scientists have been studying sea turtles for over a century, so it is amazing to think that a new and unique community was just under the noses and eyes of so many people and overlooked for so long. Read more from SERC researchers here.
Many sea-level rise (SLR) assessments focus on populations presently inhabiting vulnerable coastal communities1, but no studies have yet attempted to model the destinations of these potentially displaced persons. With millions of potential future migrants in heavily populated coastal communities, SLR scholarship focusing solely on coastal communities characterizes SLR as primarily a coastal issue, obscuring the potential impacts in landlocked communities created by SLR-induced displacement.
To build a resilient South Florida, Everglades restoration efforts must address the challenges of sea level rise. Scientists from the Florida Coastal Everglades Long Term Ecological Research Program have spent decades understanding some of the most critical elements of this valuable ecosystem. Join us for a general discussion where panelists will cover the science behind Everglades restoration and sea level rise. This event is free and intended for the general public.
The Wetland Ecosystems Research Lab at FIU's Southeast Environmental Research Center has an excellent opportunity for a young professional to conduct field research and laboratory activities in Everglades National Park and Water Conservation Areas of South Florida. The Wetland Ecosystems Research Lab is looking for an individual to help with all aspects of research in mangrove, freshwater marsh and tree island ecosystems. See here for more info.
Audubon of Florida’s Everglades Science Center is seeking to fill a full time position monitoring prey base fish populations in the mangrove zone of Everglades National Park, Biscayne National Park, and the Florida Keys. Scientific responsibilities include collection and analysis of fishes, physical data, and maintaining a data base. Fish populations are monitored using a 9M2 drop system, throw traps, and seines. Field data will be collected from, powerboats, row boats, canoes and kayaks.
The Postdoctoral Program in Environmental Chemistry is open to all academic and other not-for-profit organizations in the US. Applications are accepted from principal investigators who have well-established research efforts in environmental science or engineering. These research activities need not be located in traditional departments in the chemical sciences, and collaboration across departments and institutions is encouraged. See here for more information.