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Leading Science Initiatives

Hydrology

Water is the key to understanding the Everglades and the built environment. One in every three Floridians relies on the Everglades for their water supply and the native flora and fauna are finely tuned to the seasonal water cycles.  Part of what we do at the Everglades Foundation is discover  how the Everglades works, convert that to mathematics, and then program it on a computer. Once you do that, you can run “what-if…” scenarios that help decide what can and should be done to restore the Everglades. Hydrology and engineering allow us to look for solutions to restore the “River of Grass.” Thomas Van Lent, Ph.D., Senior Scientist

Ecology

Ecological research at the Everglades Foundation is centered on understanding how human impacts such as the introduction and spread of exotic invasive species, urban development, off-road vehicle (ORV) use, oil and gas activity, water management and nutrient inputs have affected plant and animal life across the Everglades. To do this, we partner with agencies, academic institutions and environmental organizations across the region to tap into the extensive body of scientific information and peer-reviewed research. We analyze data and provide input regarding various social and political issues that may offset the current ecological balance of the Everglades or thwart progress of Everglades restoration. Stephen E. Davis, III, Ph.D., Wetland Ecologist

Water Quality

Restoring the Everglades will take more than just putting the right amounts of water back. It will also require that the water be clean. We conduct research on what causes imbalances in native flora and fauna, and then determine what actions are needed to correct those problems. The survival of the Everglades depends on the quality of its water. Melodie Naja, Ph.D., Water Quality Scientist

Planning and Project Implementation

Research and ideas alone will not restore the Everglades.  These ideas must be converted into specific actions and projects.  The science team at the Everglades Foundation works with government agencies and stakeholders to implement science-based solutions. We contribute modeling information, review scientific research and analyses, provide scientific and engineering input to restoration and water quality projects, and work to educate decision makers and the public on the issues. This helps to build consensus and get things done.

Synthesizing Everglades Research

“No single entity is tackling or can tackle all of these issues,” Van Lent says. “It’s actually a concerted effort on the part of government agencies, non-profit organizations such as ours, and research entities to get this accomplished.” The single most important project being accomplished by Foundation scientists is not in-the-lab, test-tube science. It’s the synthesis of all scientific work conducted on the entire Everglades ecosystem from the Kissimmee River through Lake Okeechobee and into the southern Everglades and Florida Bay.

READ OUR TEAM’S LATEST SCIENCE BRIEFS

“Snowy” Animals of the Everglades

Tuesday, December 10, 2019

BY DR. RUSCENA WIEDERHOLT Snow falling gently outside, logs roasting merrily on a fire, and rosy red cheeks tell us the holiday season is here again… but here in Florida, news of faraway snow storms, temperatures plunging below 70°F, and Christmas lights on palm trees will have to suffice. Fortunately, one species here can kindle … Read More

THE NATURE OF FLORIDA’S ECONOMY

Monday, November 11, 2019

BY DR. ANDREW STAINBACK FLORIDA’S ECONOMY RECENTLY HIT AN IMPORTANT MILESTONE WITH ITS GROSS DOMESTIC PRODUCT (GDP) SURPASSING $1 TRILLION – AND THE STATE’S ECONOMY CONTINUES TO GROW… According to the latest report from Florida’s Legislative Office of Economic and Demographic Research1, in 2018 the state’s economy grew slightly faster than the national average (3.5% … Read More

WINGED CREATURES OF THE NIGHT

Wednesday, October 2, 2019

BY DR. RUSCENA WIEDERHOLT Blood sucking, nighttime creatures of horror that attack unsuspecting victims deep asleep… nothing makes your hair stand on end like the idea of a vampire lurking in a dark alley, or a swarm of bats streaming from an underground inferno. The shadowy world of vampires flourishes in novels and movies but … Read More

THE ECONOMIC IMPACT OF ECOLOGICAL RESTORATION

Wednesday, September 18, 2019

BY DR. ANDREW STAINBACK We receive many important benefits from natural ecosystems. These benefits include raw materials, climate regulation, protection from natural disasters, recreation, pharmaceuticals, and many others. However, ecosystems throughout the world have been degraded by human exploitation and conversion to other uses. While historically these changes have led to economic growth and development, … Read More

THE ROSE-TINTED FUTURE

Tuesday, August 6, 2019

BY DR. RUSCENA WIEDERHOLT “The generally accepted rule is pink for the boys, and blue for the girls. The reason is that pink, being a more decided and stronger color, is more suitable for the boy, while blue, which is more delicate and dainty, is prettier for the girl,” states a 1918 trade magazine. In the … Read More

BURMESE PYTHONS IN YOUR BACKYARD

Wednesday, June 26, 2019

BY DR. RUSCENA WIEDERHOLT WHAT’S TALLER THAN A GIRAFFE, WEIGHS UP TO 200 POUNDS, & CAN SWALLOW DEER IN A SINGLE GULP? YOU GUESSED IT, THE NOTORIOUS INVADERS OF SOUTH FLORIDA… Nary a cocktail party passes when a stranger, learning of my job, doesn’t ask about pythons. These giant snakes have captured our horror and … Read More

EVERGLADES FOUNDATION SCIENCE FEATURED AT GEER CONFERENCE

Monday, June 3, 2019

Foundation scientists Drs. Yogesh Kahre and Rajendra Paudel take a break between talks at the Greater Everglades Ecosystem Restoration conference to catch up with a colleague.   The Everglades Foundation’s science team attended this year’s Greater Everglades Ecosystem Research (GEER) conference in Coral Springs, FL from April 23-25, 2019. The GEER conference is a biennial … Read More

THE FLORIDIAN FLAMINGO

Monday, May 20, 2019

BY DR. RUSCENA WIEDERHOLT YOU’VE SEEN THEM EVERYWHERE! ADORNING FLOWER BEDS AND POOLS, GRACING NEON SIGNS AND GLASSES, PEEKING OUT FROM DRESSES AND SHIRTS. THE ICON OF THE TROPICS… The mere mention of this wading bird conjures up images of white sand beaches and aquablue water. While amingo depictions have neverstrayed far from Florida, the history of the … Read More