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The Florida Coastal Everglades (FCE) LTER Program is one of 28 sites in the National Science Foundation's Long Term Ecological Research (LTER) Network. Based at Florida International University, FCE LTER includes personnel from dozens of affiliated institutions. FCE researchers examine how climate change and disturbances interact with shifting management of freshwater resources to determine the dynamics and fate of coastal ecosystem properties, functions and services to people. 

What We Do

Our scientists collect data on water quality, plant and animal communities, and ecosystem function from a persistent network of research sites along freshwater-to-marine transects in the two drainages in Everglades National Park to understand how coastal ecosystems are responding to climate and water management changes. We train undergraduate and graduate students to be professional scientists and provide educational opportunities to the South Florida community. 

Please view the Florida Coastal Everglades LTER Site brief for additional information.

Who We Are

The FCE LTER program is dedicated to fostering an intellectually vibrant environment that is inclusive, open to all, respectful of diversity, and where our individual differences are recognized, valued, and seen as a source of strength that is integral to the discoveries we make as scientists.

Based at Florida International University, the FCE LTER program includes 180 scientists, post-docs, students, and staff from 19 universities, 5 federal agencies, 1 state agency, 2 non-governmental organizations (NGOs), 2 Miami-Dade County organizations, and 1 institute.

Please view our People page for additional information. 

Land Acknowledgement

Florida Coastal Everglades research is conducted on lands that have been cared for by innumerable generations of original peoples of the past, whose memory we honor. Today, these lands are cared for by the indigenous sovereignties known as the Miccosukee Tribe of Florida, the Seminole Tribe of Florida, and the Sovereign Miccosukee Seminole Nation. The 2009 US apology to native peoples inaugurated an American context of reconciliation, which is an opportunity for healing, collaboration, and environmental conservation.

View the video of FCE's land acknowledgement, "The Florida Coastal Everglades: A Mosaic and Refuge of Water, Land, and People," and read the transcript.