REU Site: Understanding Coastal Ecosystems - From the Everglades to the Coral Reefs

This REU Site award (Understanding Coastal Ecosystems - From the Everglades to the Coral Reefs) to Florida International University, located in Miami, FL, will support the training of 10 students per year for 10 weeks during the summers of 2019-2021. The research theme is coastal ecosystems ecology and environmental aquatic chemistry. Specifically, this research looks at the connectivity among the Everglades wetlands, coastal mangrove forests, seagrass beds, and shallow-water coral reefs. The overall goal is to detect the sources, transport, and transformation of environmental stressors and the ecosystem responses under rapidly changing climate and land use. The program integrates researchers across 10 departments and 4 colleges university-wide, to build interdisciplinary projects and convergent research experiences. REU students will be co-mentored by teams comprised of faculty, graduate students, and postdoctoral researchers. The program will provide professional development activities, including workshops on research methods, responsible conduct of research, communicating science and others, as well as field experiences and career pathways panels.

  • Focus: Chemistry
  • Funder: National Science Foundation
  • Team: Rita Teutonico (Principal Investigator), Todd Crowl (Co-Principal Investigator)
  • Award Number: 1852123
  • Amount: $360,000.00
  • Contact: Rita Teutonico