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Florida Coastal Everglades LTER - FCE


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NSF Award(s) DEB-9910514 , DBI-0620409 (View all sites)

The majority of Florida Coastal Everglades LTER sites are located in freshwater marsh, estuarine mangroves, seagrass estuary ecosystems in Everglades National Park. Everglades National Park covers approximately 4300 km2 of south Florida and is part of the greater Everglades ecosystem which extends north to Lake Okeechobee and the Kissimmee River. Research Our research focuses on understanding ecosystem processes along the two major drainage basins in Everglades National Park: Shark River Slough and Taylor Slough. We are particularly interested in the dynamics at the estuarine ecotone, where freshwater and estuarine wetlands meet. This ecotone is dynamic in the landscape in response to changing freshwater inflow (with Everglades restoration), sea level rise (climate change responses), and disturbance (particularly hurricanes and fire).
Contact Information
Site Contacts
Principal Investigator: Evelyn Gaiser
Primary Contact: Evelyn Gaiser
Information Mgr: Kristin Vanderbilt
Education Contact: Nick Oehm
Graduate Student Representative: Carissa Gervasi
Social Science Representative: Rinku Roy Chowdhury
Climate Science Representative: Rene Price
Communication Representative:
Florida International University
Southeast Environmental Research Center
11200 SW 8th St., OE 148
Miami, FL 33199 U.S.A.
Phone: (305) 348-6054
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Site History
The FCE LTER is a relatively young program, established in 2000 when NSF expanded the LTER network to include 3 new coastal sites. FCE research questions focus on how changing freshwater inflow, sealevel rise and climate change, and disturbance interact to control ecological pattern and process in oligotrophic ecosystems. These questions tend to focus on the oligohaline ecotone region of the coastal Everglades. The entire FCE LTER site is enclosed in Everglades National Park, which at over 4300 km2 is the third largest wilderness in the lower 48 states. We cover much of this large, diverse, low-nutrient landscape with 17 permanent sites located along two transects oriented with the natural flow of water. The FCE LTER scientific group is as diverse as the landscape, and includes senior scientists, staff, and students from nearly 10 universities, from all key state and federal agencies, and from several NGOs.

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Research Topics
How regional controls (climate change, changing freshwater inflow) control population and ecosystem level dynamics in wetland-dominated coastal landscapes, with an emphasis on the oligohaline zone and taking advantage of the oligotrophic status of the entire coastal Everglades system.
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Site Location
Lat: +25.46821 | Long. -80.85328

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Climate Info.
Annual High Mean Low
Temperature 29 c 24.0c 20c
Precipitation 13,662 mm/year 1578 mm/year 476 mm/year