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June 24, 2020

Hi everyone:

We wanted to provide an update from the FCE Diversity and Inclusion committee that met last week following our participation in https://www.shutdownstem.com/about. The committee reflected on elements of our Diversity and Inclusion Plan and resources that have been shared, including those provided to us by the LTER network and conversations of the network Diversity and Inclusion Committee represented by Lowell Iporac for FCE.

Moving forward, the committee would like to catalyze the production of a white paper possibly for publication that highlights the successes, challenges and opportunities in building a diverse/representational FCE. We will begin with an evaluation of the data on status and trends of participation by underrepresented groups in FCE, with near-term production of graphical representation of our data for posting to the FCE website. We hope to learn about key drivers from the trends in those data but recognize the importance of narratives as well. To that end, we will be soliciting site-wide participation via an ice-breaker at the next ASM and meetings in-between to more broadly review and evaluate our strategies for recruitment and retention, leadership advocacy and support, and productivity and career-tracking of underrepresented participants at all career stages. The intent will be to ensure that a key feature at the heart of FCE is its recognition as a research enterprise where underrepresented scientists are valued as integral to the discoveries we make as a program, and are nurtured to become leaders in a global scientific community.

On a specific related note is a recent meeting with Houston Cypress of the Love the Everglades Movement to discuss synergies between FCE, the Miccosukee tribe and our partners. We identified many different opportunities for engaging together in science, training, and outreach, and will share those as they arise, although many are on hold during COVID-19.

As always, feel free to provide thoughts and suggestions to any member, and we’ll provide updates as we go along. 

Best wishes,

Evelyn, Jay, John, Jose, Lowell, Mike and Nick (FCE Diversity & Inclusion Committee)
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FCE LTER site lightning talk
A reminder that you can learn about current research, news and emerging directions for the other 27 LTER sites through the lightning talks given at the 2020 Science Council meeting. FCE’s presentation was given by Co-PI John Kominoski and focused on evidence of pulse dynamics in coastal ecosystems.
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.
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FCE Publications:
Dear LTER Scientists and Students:

We are delighted to announce that the special July issue titled "Impact of 2017 Hurricanes on Estuaries and Coasts in the Caribbean and the Gulf Coast States" has just been published in Estuaries and Coasts!  The issue contains 25 scientific papers, including several from South Florida, which incorporate the concepts of ecosystem resistance, resilience, and restoration into synergistic discussions relevant to resource managers, policymakers, practitioners of restoration, and academics.
  
Best regards, 

Special Issue Co-Editors:
Anna Wachnicka, Anna Armitage, Joan Browder, Ian Zink, Jim Fourqurean
Education and Outreach
In a recent meeting with Rev. Houston Cypress Director of Love the Everglades Movement (LTEM), FCE discussed several Education & Outreach opportunities for collaboration between our scientists, LTEM and the Miccosukee Tribe. If you are interested in collaborating with LTEM or have suggestions for possible collaborations, please contact Evelyn, John or Nick.  
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Bradley Strickland with alligator
The FCE program congratulates Dr. Bradley Strickland (mentor, Mike Heithaus) who recently defended his dissertation, "Beyond predation: How do consumers impact bottom-up processes in ecosystems?"
The LTER Network Office is hosting a virtual career panel June 26 for graduate students to learn more about science communications and outreach career opportunities outside of academia. The webinar will consist of brief introductions by 4-5 panelists, followed by opportunities for participants to ask questions.
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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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