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Since its beginning, one of SERC's primary missions has been to serve as a resource center providing accurate, detailed, unbiased scientific information to decisionmakers affecting the sustainability of our fragile resources. SERC facilitates linkages between scientists and local, state, and federal agencies. The Southeast Environmental Research Center is staffed by faculty, students and technicians from a variety of disciplines who work together on environmental research efforts to promote understanding, protection and restoration of the water resources, recreational lands and natural ecosystems of the Southeastern United States and the Caribbean.
Our team researches areas like Biscayne, Big Cypress, Everglades, and Dry Tortugas National Parks as well as the Greater Everglades ecosystem, the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary, and other freshwater and coastal areas. In addition, we house the offices of the intergovernmental South Florida Ecosystem Restoration Task Force. They include federal, state, local and tribal representatives who work cooperatively to coordinate the development of consistent policies, strategies, plans, programs, projects, activities, and priorities addressing the restoration, preservation, and protection of the South Florida ecosystem.

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Our state-of-the-art labs have advanced capabilities for water quality analyses, stable isotope analysis, eco-toxicological studies, digital microscopy, flow cytometry and analysis of trace metals and organic compounds. These facilities provide a practical training ground for our students.

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Students working with our faculty and affiliates benefit from exposure to multiple disciplines, giving them a broad foundation for understanding complex environmental issues. 

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We have grown rapidly with funding from a number of federal, state and local agencies as well as NGOs and the private sector. We continue to depend on the support of those in the community to realize our goals and provide the support the work needed to address the grand challenges of our time.