South Florida Ecosystem Synthesis

South Florida Ecosystem Synthesis

This book aims to synthesize research pertaining to key background and drivers of the South Florida ecosystem. Eight chapters organize the main research topics: geographic setting, oceanography, water quality, coral reef and hardbottom, seagrasses, mangroves, some important biota, and some important management actions. Chapter content is comprised of a series of fact sheets, each written by different researchers, and meant to stand alone as a single fact sheet, or together as a comprehensive book. IAN provides a supporting role in creating diagrams for each book chapter, while layout is provided by Pamela Fletcher of NOAA, and content provided by individual Florida researchers.


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Alligator Reef growth limitation (GRAPHIC)

Biogeographic province map (PHOTO)

Biomagnification of mercury within aquatic food chain (GRAPHIC)

Bird stake installation (GRAPHIC)

Black salt marsh mosquito life cycle (GRAPHIC)

Carbon fixation by seagrass communities (GRAPHIC)

Cesspool seepage prior to improved wastewater treatment (GRAPHIC)

Change in seagrasses after bird stake installation (GRAPHIC)

Changes in seagrass in Johnson Key Basin (GRAPHIC)

Collecting oceanographic data (GRAPHIC)

Continental development (GRAPHIC)

Cross section of sampling well array (GRAPHIC)

Dominant mangrove species of south Florida (GRAPHIC)

Epinephelus itajara (Atlantic Goliath Grouper) 1 (SYMBOL)

Female lobster spawning migration (GRAPHIC)

Florida Bay hydrological conditions (GRAPHIC)

Florida Keys during the quaternary period (GRAPHIC)

Formation of coral colony via asexual budding (GRAPHIC)

Geological history of Florida (GRAPHIC)

Goliath grouper life cycle (GRAPHIC)

Goliath grouper population (Florida) (GRAPHIC)

Healthy vs. biologically stressed coral reef ecosystem (GRAPHIC)

Healthy vs. eutrophic ecosystem (GRAPHIC)

Historical salinity in south Florida bays (GRAPHIC)

History of Florida land area (PHOTO)

Human effect on Florida species (GRAPHIC)

Human energy pyramid (GRAPHIC)

Hurricane formation (GRAPHIC)

Impact of phytoplankton community on food web structure (GRAPHIC)

Life cycle of a poliovirus (GRAPHIC)

Life cycle of the Caribbean spiny lobster (GRAPHIC)

Lobster nighttime foraging (GRAPHIC)

Mangrove conservation and restoration practices (PHOTO)

Mangrove ecological functions (PHOTO)

Mangrove forest wildlife (GRAPHIC)

Mangroves provide critical habitat (GRAPHIC)

Methods of data collection (GRAPHIC)

Microbial food web of the mangrove forest (GRAPHIC)

Model explaining seagrass die-off in Florida Bay (GRAPHIC)

Modern Wastewater Treatment (GRAPHIC)

Modern vs. core fauna (GRAPHIC)

Nutrient availability influences algae and seagrass location (GRAPHIC)

Phytoplankton bloom feedback loops (GRAPHIC)

Potential inundation of mangroves by sea-level rise (GRAPHIC)

Primary productivity of seagrass beds (GRAPHIC)

Queen conch life cycle (GRAPHIC)

Reduction of user conflicts in marine environments (GRAPHIC)

Relationship between plant size, nutrient requirement and growth rate (GRAPHIC)

Seagrass distribution (GRAPHIC)

Seagrass life history strategies (GRAPHIC)

Seagrass meadow food web (GRAPHIC)

Seagrass nutrient transport (GRAPHIC)

Simplified seagrass food web (GRAPHIC)

Sources of pollution to nearshore waters in the Florida Keys (GRAPHIC)

Sources, transport, and cycling of inorganic mercury and methylmercury to the marine environment (GRAPHIC)

South Florida adult habitat gradient (GRAPHIC)

South Florida climate zone (PHOTO)

South Florida current trajectories (PHOTO)

South Florida currents and eddies (PHOTO)

South Florida habitats (GRAPHIC)

South Florida historical vs. current flow regime (GRAPHIC)

South Florida marine animal development (GRAPHIC)

South Florida marine environment (PHOTO)

South Florida peninsula habitat (GRAPHIC)

South Florida tide (GRAPHIC)

South Florida water volume transport (GRAPHIC)

South Florida weather patterns (GRAPHIC)

Spiny lobsters are key component of south Florida marine ecosystem (GRAPHIC)

Structure of a coral polyp (GRAPHIC)

The nitrogen cycle (GRAPHIC)

The phosphorus cycle (GRAPHIC)

Virus tracer study (GRAPHIC)

Water quality monitoring (GRAPHIC)


Pandion haliaetus (Osprey) adult (SYMBOL)


Coral habitats (GRAPHIC)


  • Start: 2010-01-01
  • Finish: 2012-12-31
  • Duration: 2 years, 11 months