Florida Coastal Everglades Long Term Ecological Research
Florida Coastal Everglades Long Term Ecological Research (LTER)


Map of the Florida Coastal Everglades LTER Program Study Area
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Map of FCE LTER sites



Featured video:

Flying over Shark River Slough

Aerial view of Shark River Slough from a helicopter

See the Everglades ridge and slough landscape from a helicopter

Video courtesy of David Lagomasino

The Florida Coastal Everglades (FCE) LTER Program is part of the Long Term Ecological Research (LTER) Network established by the National Science Foundation in 1980. The FCE LTER Program was established in May of 2000 in south Florida, where a rapidly growing population of over 6 million people live in close proximity to - and in dependence upon - the Florida Everglades. The program is based at Florida International University and includes 75 senior scientists and 64 students from 29 institutions.

Research Focus
FCE research focuses on an area where freshwater and estuarine vegetation mix, or the "oligohaline ecotone". FCE researchers study how hydrology, climate, and human activities affect ecosystem and population dynamics in the ecotone and more broadly, the Florida Coastal Everglades.

We have made significant contributions to our understandings of:


2014 Florida Coastal Everglades All Scientists Meeting


Featured Work

Key Findings:
Unique Nutrient Sources

FCE scientists discovered that, unlike in most coastal areas, the natural source of phosphorus (the nutrient that limits ecosystem productivity) for coastal Caribbean estuaries is seawater, not inland environments. This important finding has ramifications for both restoration and conservation and is informing decision making in coastal areas.

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Marine sources of phosphorus enable mangrove forest canopy to reach 20m or more
Marine sources of phosphorus enable the mangrove forest canopy to reach heights of 18m or more


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