Florida Coastal Everglades LTER

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).

Productivity Gradients in Mangroves

Sampling in the mangrove forest

Unique Nutrient Sources

Unexpected 'wedge of productivity' .

Productivity Paradox

Effects of long-term phosphorus enrichment.

Plume Of Water

Water rich in dissolved organic matter

GPS tagging

GPS tagging on an alligator.

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