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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.

  • Remote ecosystems are accessed by motorboat, airboat and helicopter on a monthly basis, and automated sensors measure everything from water temperature to alligator movements.
  • Researchers use experiments and computational models to reveal processes underlying observed long-term changes. Data are made publicly available for use by others around the world, and results are presented at scientific conferences and in peer-reviewed journals.

We also train undergraduate and graduate students to be professional scientists and provide educational opportunities to the South Florida community.