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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 gathering of all the scientists and science managers from local, state, federal and tribal agencies as well as scientists from academia, non-governmental organizations, and the private sector.  “GEER is the best venue for sharing the latest science on the greater Everglades ecosystem—from the Kissimmee watershed all the way to the Florida Keys,” explained Dr. Ruscena Wiederholt, Quantitative Biologist at The Everglades Foundation.

Our science was featured each day of the GEER conference, and Foundation scientists led five sessions and discussions of original research in areas of phosphorus removal technologies, sea level rise impacts on the coastal Everglades, modeling and model integration, economics and ecosystem services, and Lake Okeechobee water quality. Members of our team authored or co-authored 10 presentations, and Shannon Estenoz, our VP of Policy & Programs and Chief Operating Officer, gave a powerful plenary titled Resisting Arrest that focused on the political history of Everglades restoration and the keys to its continued progress.

with Florida International University doctorate student, taking a break between sessions
at the Greater Everglades Ecosystem Restoration conference.

Professional conferences like GEER are not only a great venue for showcasing our scientists and science, they also bring credibility to our organization within the scientific community. Over the years, we have observed that the quality, rigor and applicability of our team’s research is on par with what is being generated at universities and agencies. That is impressive and something that is not lost on our peers. As summed up by the Foundation’s Senior Hydrologist, Dr. Rajendra Paudel, “Those not familiar with The Everglades Foundation are surprised that such high-quality work can come from such a small organization.”


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