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WORLD-CLASS SCIENCE

OUR SCIENCE TEAM IS COMPRISED OF 9 Ph.Ds WITH EXPERTISE IN THE FOLLOWING AREAS

  • CLIMATE CHANGE

    Uniquely situated in Miami, Florida, The Everglades Foundation recognizes and experiences the the impacts of climate change on a daily basis. From record high heat, powerful hurricanes and salt water intrusion, climate change mitigation is critical in our efforts to restore and preserve America's Everglades. 

  • ECONOMICS

    The Everglades Foundation has conducted various surveys proving the economic value of the Everglades, and its intricate tie to Florida's economy, including hospitality, real estate, tourism, and recreational boating and fishing. 

  • ENGINEERING

    "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

  • HYDROLOGY

     

    Water is the key to understanding the Everglades and the built environment, and we pride ourselves on having a thorough understanding of how the Everglades works. Through hydrology, we can  look for solutions to restore the “River of Grass.” 

  • 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. 

  • WATER QUALITY

    The survival of the Everglades depends on the quality of its water, and restoring the Everglades will take more than just putting the right amount of clean water back. We conduct research on what causes imbalances in native flora and fauna, and then determine what actions are needed to correct those problems to preserve the integrity of south Florida's freshwater supply. . 

  • 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.

  • 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, 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.

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FOREVERGLADES SCHOLARSHIPS

The Everglades Foundation provides fellowships and scholarships for advanced research in support of the restoration of America’s Everglades. The Foundation is committed to supporting graduate research students actively pursuing the development of innovative scientific methods to advance the understanding of Everglades physical, chemical or biological processes, or research in economic impacts of environmental changes. Please read below for more information on the eligibility and requirements for the different awarded fellowships and scholarships.

ELIGIBILITY

 

The ForEverglades scholarships are open to full-time graduate research students from all universities pursuing degrees in earth sciences, biological sciences, engineering, geography, planning and resources management, and economics. Cross-disciplinary research efforts are of special interest. Graduate students from any academic institution are welcome to apply for the ForEverglades Scholarship.

AWARDS

 

ForEverglades scholarships provide up to $25,000 / year for stipends, tuition fees, travel, and other research-related expenses. The amount of money associated with the scholarship is subject to change. The number of scholarships depends on the number and quality of applications. The duration of this scholarship is set for 12 months.

AREAS OF SPECIAL INTEREST

 

In general, the Foundation will support research advancing Everglades physical, chemical or biological processes, or research in economic impacts of environmental changes. Cross-disciplinary research efforts are of special interest.
The Foundation has identified several specific research areas that are also of special interest:

  1. Impacts of climate change, sea-level rise, and saltwater intrusion on the Greater Everglades.

  2. Greater Everglades water quality modeling, monitoring, and analysis (contaminant detection, removal processes, and climate change assessment).

  3. Novel approaches for conservation of avian species in the Greater Everglades in the light of ecosystem restoration and climate change.

  4. Multi-objective optimization of Lake Okeechobee operations.

  5. Quantification of ecosystem services and economic benefits of Everglades restoration.

  6. Temporal and spatial mapping of geochemical properties in the Greater Everglades.

  7. Ecosystem response to variations in water flow and quality.

  8. GIS, remote sensing, and geostatistical applications in landscape ecology.

 
 

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