April 27, 2020

Hi everyone!

I hope this month’s News from the Sloughs finds everyone well and coping ok with social distancing. Since our last newsletter and in accordance with university policy, we had to suspend field work for the time being. Our ISCOs will continue sampling for a few weeks and our sensors will continue taking measurements while the batteries hold out. We all hope we’ll be able to get out there again soon under some new guidelines, but the reality is that we will likely have some data gaps. We’ve been having helpful discussions of field and lab situations with other LTER PIs, the Network office and the NSF management team as most sites are in the same boat.
There are lots of opportunities to remain connected during this time. Let me know if you’d be interested in participating in a LTER discussion group on opportunities to use sensor and other ongoing remote data collections to study the effects of the “anthro-pause” on ecosystems. For graduate students, the LTER Network Office is hosting a series of webinars and the FCE virtual “Research and Chill” - both great opportunities to connect with other students and scientists locally and across the network. Also, great news for students…the 2020 ForEverglades Scholarship competition is open! See details on all of these opportunities and more, below.

Stay healthy and connected,
LTER Network Office Updates
Looking Back at Earth Month
This Earth Day, Jennifer Rehage from FIU's Institute of Environment shared how we should unite to make a difference for our Everglades and the rest of our planet.
2020 ForEverglades Scholarships
Graduate students from all academic institutions pursuing degrees in sciences and engineering are eligible for the Everglades Foundation Scholarships. The Everglades Foundation is committed to supporting graduate research students actively pursuing the development of innovative scientific methods to advance the understanding of Everglades science.
Opportunities & Upcoming Events
Research & Publications
FCE Publications:
Education and Outreach
Under mentorships of RET Cristina Whelan, John Kominoski and Nick Oehm, juniors from the Research and Experimentation course at Biotech High School participated in the 2019-20 MDCPS Science Fair in early February. Alicia Gonzalez, Carole Saint-Hilare, Ethan Holladay and Kelly Uzquiano helped retrieve and replace tea samples. They presented their project "Go With the Flow: Differences in Tea Decomposition in a Restored Wetland", which examined mass loss of red and green tea in a restored wetland at the Deering Estate. The students volunteered in order to expand their experiences and present research in collaboration with the FCE LTER.
Student Group
Congratulations to FCE Ph.D. student Peter Flood (advisor Joel Trexler) on successfully defending his dissertation proposal on the Impacts of Non-Native Fishes on Energy Flow in an Aquatic Food Web.

The LTER Network Office is hosting a virtual career panel series for graduate students to learn more about career opportunities outside of academia. Each webinar will consist of brief introductions by 4-5 panelists who work in a particular type of career, followed by opportunities for participants to ask questions.

The student group is also hosting a virtual hangout every Tuesday at 3 p.m. called "Research and Chill". They feature one student each week to give a 15-20 minute presentation on their research. If you are interested in attending, please email Jon Rodemann at for more information.
General / Field Reminders
  • If you have not submitted data to Dr. Kristin Vanderbilt in the last 6 months, please do so as soon as possible.
    • If personnel or methods have changed on your project since your last data submission, please ask Dr. Vanderbilt to send you the most recent metadata template.
    • Please note that the LTER Data Release Policy states that data must be freely accessible online within two years of collection.
  • Please see the updated contact list for wildlife reporting in Everglades National Park
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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