Florida Coastal Everglades Long Term Ecological Research
Florida Coastal Everglades LTER - What We Do

What We Do

The Florida Coastal Everglades Long-Term Ecological Research (FCE-LTER) project is a collaboration of over 120 researchers, students, and technical staff. The team studies the ways in which hydrology, climate, and human activities affect ecosystem patterns in the estuarine ecotones, or regions where freshwater and saltwater mix, of the Florida Coastal Everglades. In addition to collecting data, conducting experiments, and building models, the FCE-LTER team also distributes data to other scientists, presents research results at scientific conferences, publishes papers in peer-reviewed journals, trains graduate students to be professional scientists, and provides education and outreach to the south Florida community. We link FCE science with Everglades Restoration to provide reliable, continuous, and growing knowledge transfer from basic ecological theory to the development of more effective environmental management and restoration/rehabilitation programs.

Education and Outreach
Susan presenting an overview of the FCE LTER program to a high school biology class Susan Dailey presenting an overview of the FCE LTER program to a high school biology class
During Phase I of the FCE-LTER project, the team developed an education and outreach program targeted at K-12 students, teachers, and the general south Florida community. ForEVERGLADES, a presentation on the organisms, habitats, and physical environment of the Everglades, is the most widespread outreach program. Given to over 3,500 individuals, the presentation emphasizes the role of humans in the Everglades ecosystem.

FCE High school intern Nia (left) and FCE-LTER mentor Colin (right) High school intern Nia (left) and FCE-LTER mentor Colin (right)
Outreach also occurs in the form of television programs, video conference presentations, a website, a high school student internship program, and a ranger education program with Everglades National Park. The high school student internship program (Research Experience for Secondary Students) has been one of the most successful outreach efforts. This program pairs high school students with FCE-LTER mentors who provide the students with hands-on research experience. The program is of tremendous value for students.

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National Science Foundation logo This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation through the Florida Coastal Everglades Long-Term Ecological Research program under Cooperative Agreements #DEB-1832229, #DEB-1237517, #DBI-0620409, and #DEB-9910514. Any opinions, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in the material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.
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