July 31, 2020

Hi everyone: 

I hope everyone continues to keep well this summer! FCE field and lab activities continue under FIU’s protective policies. Please see links to four new FCE pubs below, including one on disturbance-driven fish colonization led by former FCE post-doc John Gatto; global mangrove decline patterns led by FCE/NASA high school student Liza Goldberg; effects of restoration on nutrient gradients led by former FCE graduate student and technician Shishir Sarker; and a paper from our human dimensions team on nonhuman agency effects homeowner decisions. These papers represent a neat cross-cut of discoveries across FCE research themes led by folks of every career stage.
A special congratulations to our recent Ph.D., Dr. Ryan James (U. Louisiana, Lafaeyette) who defended his dissertation on energy flow through food webs (mentor, Jimmy Nelson). Way to go, Ryan, we are so proud of you!

Stay well, everyone!

Best wishes,
LTER Network Office Updates
FCE in the News
Mangroves are crucial to Everglades
Selena Chavez, an FIU Ph.D. student wants people to know mangroves are essential to the health of the Everglades. She is working to fill data gaps in what is known about these important trees and how they respond to hurricanes. Using remote sensing technology, she is gathering data on the effects Hurricane Irma had on mangroves.
Non-native fish impact in ecosystem
Jewelfish began to appear in South Florida waterways in the 1960's. Normally, they can be found in the Nile or in pet shops, but they’ve made their way into the Everglades. There hasn't been a lot of research on how jewelfish are interacting with other native fish. Peter Flood, a biology Ph.D. student in the FIU Institute of Environment, wants to fill that void.
Opportunities & Upcoming Events
Research & Publications
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Student Group
Congratulations to Ryan James (mentor, Jimmy Nelson) for successfully defending his Ph.D. dissertation "A seascape approach to understanding coastal food web dynamics and species distributions" last month! 

From the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, Ryan's work is focused on food webs, trophic subsidies, seascapes and restoration.
Virtual Career Panel Series for LTER Grad Students
If you missed the Virtual Career Panel for graduate students hosted by the LTER Network Office, you can view them now on Youtube.
General / Field Reminders
Donate to Support Everglades Research at FIU
The Florida Coastal Everglades LTER program is based at Florida International University.

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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