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IMG_2164Dr. John Kominoski – Principal Investigator  I am an Associate Professor in the Department of Biological Sciences at Florida International University (Miami, Florida, USA). I am an ecosystem ecologist and biogeochemist who studies how changes in water chemistry (elevated dissolved nutrients, saltwater intrusion) affect the rates of organic matter processes and the net effects on carbon storage in terrestrial, aquatic, and coastal wetland ecosystems. I am co-PI of the Florida Coastal Everglades Long Term Ecological Research Program for which I lead research projects investigating: 1) wet and dry season dynamics on aquatic ecosystem metabolism as driven by water column depth and flocculent organic matter, 2) subsidy-stress effects of saltwater intrusion on wetland soil ecosystems, and 3) long-term interactive effects of storm-induced phosphorus loading and drought on ecosystem productivity and nutrient dynamics spanning freshwater, brackish, and marine wetlands.  

Curriculum Vitae   Personal Website   Google Scholar profile


Dr. Andrea Nocentini – Postdoctoral Research Associate  Andrea’s is an ecosystem modeler with an expertise in carbon and nutrient modeling. His background in agricultural ecosystem models is being applied to wetlands in the Florida Everglades. Andrea is beginning a field manipulation that integrates phosphorus loading and fire intensity in short-hydroperiod marshes in collaboration with the Everglades National Park and the South Florida Water Management District.  In addition, he will be modeling the effects of fire history on carbon and nutrient retention in freshwater wetlands throughout the region.

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Dr. Dong Yoon Lee – Postdoctoral Research Associate  Dong Yoon’s research focuses on hydrologic connectivity and biogeochemical cycling in coast ecosystems. He is exploring a long-term dataset from Florida Bay to test effects of hydrologic presses and pulses on water column and benthic coupling. In addition, he has tested legacies of salinity and phosphorus on freshwater marsh productivity and gas flux following freshwater restoration.

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Sean Charles – Ph.D. student  Sean’s research focuses on the functional implications of spatial and temporal distribution of vegetation regime shifts in coastal wetlands. He is testing the effects of mangrove expansion into freshwater and marine marsh ecosystems with increasing winter low temperatures and sea-level rise on carbon sequestration and accretion rates.  Curriculum Vitae
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Shelby Servais – Ph.D. student  Shelby’s research focuses on stress-subsidy thresholds in microbial community structure and functioning. Specifically, she is testing how salinity and phosphorous loading to freshwater and marine coastal wetlands associated with storm surge and sea-level rise influence soil microbial diversity, extracellular enzyme activities, and carbon-use efficiency.  Curriculum Vitae
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Matt is studying the sustainability of urban infrastructure under climate extremes. He is participating in a multi-city collaborative project called the Urban Resilience to Extremes – Sustainability Research Network (UREx-SRN). Matt’s research is a collaboration with the City of Miami Beach in an effort to provide social, ecological, and technological solutions (SETS) to urban and coastal flooding. Curriculum Vitae
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Michelle Robinson & Mike Kline – field technicians  Michelle and Mike join us from Audubon Florida with extensive experience field work in the Everglades and Florida Bay.  Both work with Dr. Jerry Lorenz on research that links water salinity and hydroperiod to habitat and food for endangered species, such as the Roseate spoonbill.  Their focus in our lab is to maintain a long-term salinity and phosphorus addition to freshwater sawgrass wetland mesocosms at the Florida Bay Interagency Science Center in Key Largo, Florida.
Michelle Robinson, ready for the elements. Pahayokee, Everglades National Park.Mike Kline, also ready for the elements. Pahayokee, Everglades National Park.

  • Undergraduate & High School Research Assistants & High School Teachers
    • Andreina Contreras (FCE-LTER REU 2019) 
    • Andrew Huang
    • Cristina Whelan, Biotech High School, Miami, FL
  • Lab Alumni – Graduate Students & Postdocs
    • Aingeru Martinez
      • Current: University of The Basque Country, Bilbao, Spain
    • Dong Yoon Lee
      • Current: South Florida Water Management District
    • Mary Zeller
      • Current: German Academic Exchange, Germany
  • Lab Alumni – Undergraduate Students, High School Students, Volunteers 
    • Barbara Moahamed
      • Current: MSc program at Charite Molecular Medicine Program, Berlin, Germany
    • Alexis Ramos
      • Current: MSc program, Institute of Plant Breeding, University of Georgia
    • Julio Pachon (FCE-LTER REU 2013, Society of Wetland Scientists Undergraduate Mentoring Scholarship)
      • Former: 2Seeds Network, Magoma-Kijano, Zanzibar, Tanzania
      • Current: PhD program, Soil and Water Sciences Department, University of Florida
    • Kristina Morales (FCE-LTER REU 2015, Society of Wetland Scientists Undergraduate Mentoring Scholarship)
      • Current: MSc program, University of North Carolina, Greensboro
    • Diana Segrera
    • Daniel Rivera
    • Andrew Menendez
    • Andrea Gutierrez (Felix Varela High School 2015)
    • Emma Singer
    • Gabrielle Cabral
      • Current: MSc program, University of Miami, Rosenthiel School of Marine Science
    • Venus Garcia
    • Beatriz Sampaio
    • Patricia Leroy
    • Francisca Olmos de Aguilera
    • Marco Fernandez (FCE-LTER REU 2016, Society of Wetland Scientists Undergraduate Mentoring Scholarship, McNair Foundation Fellowship)
    • Daniel Read (UREx SRN REU 2017)
    • Suzy Roebling (FCE-LTER REU 2017)
    • Jonathan Lau (FIU Dual Enrollment Program 2017-2018)
    • Cate Patriarca (Felix Varela High School 2017-2018) 
    • Alessandra Puig-Santana (FCE-LTER REU 2018)
  • Lab Alumni – High School Teachers
    • Teresa Casal, Felix Valera High School, Miami, FL
    • Catherine Laroche, Felix Valera High School, Miami, FL

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