The Bloggers


Luke Lamb-Wotton is a M.S. student in the Wetland Ecosystems Ecology Lab and advised by Dr. Tiffany Troxler, the current director of FIU's Sea-Level Solution Center. Luke is interested in increasing understanding about the losses in Everglades coastal marsh habitat due to peat collapse. He also maintains a healthy obsession with paleoecology. Twitter: @LukeLamb_Wotton

Luca Marazzi is a postdoctoral associate in Evelyn Gaiser's lab. He received his MSc in Environmental Science from the University of Milano Bicocca (Italy) and his PhD in Freshwater Ecology from the University College London (UK). His current research aims to identify and compare environmental controls of diversity, abundance, and biomass of algae in subtropical wetlands, such as the Florida Everglades and the Okavango Delta (Botswana). Check out the 'Diatom of the month' posts to learn more about these algae, and how they are used to reconstruct, detect, understand, and predict environmental and ecological changes. 

Shelby Servais is a Biology PhD candidate at Florida International University where she studies how soil microbial function in the Everglades will be affected by sea level rise. Shelby received her bachelor degree in Environmental Science at Mount Saint Mary's University in Emmitsburg, Maryland. Shelby is committed to science communication and outreach and is a Science Communication Fellow with the Frost Science Museum.  Shelby's blogs focus on her experiences as a graduate student, life in Miami, and science communication.

View Ross' posts here.

Ross Boucek received his Bachelor of Science at Virginia Tech in Fisheries Science and his Master of Science from the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences at Florida International University. The aim of Ross' PhD research is to understand how increased freshwater flow into the Everglades estuary will impact snook movement and foraging dynamics.  Check out his posts (and pictures) of fish guts, fishing, and combating mosquitos.

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Rebecca Garvoille is currently a Ph.D. candidate in the Global and Sociocultural Studies program at Florida International University in Miami, and the recent recipient of a National Science Foundation Dissertation Improvement Grant in Cultural Anthropology. Her dissertation research focuses on the cultural dimensions of ecosystem restoration in the Florida Everglades, where she examines the effects of restoration initiatives on local identities, environmental attitudes, and long-term expectations for the region and its management.

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Ann Hijuelos is pursuing a Master of Science degree from the Department of Biological Sciences at Florida International University. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Wildlife and Fisheries from Louisiana State University.  Upon graduating, she moved back to her hometown New Orleans to work in Dr. Denise Reed's Laboratory for Coastal Restoration Science at the University of New Orleans.  As part of her thesis project, Ann is examining seasonal and diurnal patterns of predation risk for small fishes in canals adjacent to freshwater wetlands of the Everglades.  Her work is conducted within Dr. Joel Trexler's Aquatic Ecology Lab. Check out her blog posts on the DIDSON, working in the Everglades at night, and tips and tricks to avoid mosquito bites.

View Amber's posts here.
Amber Kiger is a master’s student studying Geosciences at Florida International University.  She graduated from the University of Miami with a degree in Biology/Ecosystem Science and Policy. As an undergrad, she interned for the Arthur R. Marshall Foundation and worked on Everglades advocacy, environmental education and habitat restoration projects. Amber also worked for the Oceans and Human Health Center at UM as an undergrad studying pathogens and indicator bacteria at recreational beaches. She later combined her interests in microbiology and the Everglades by working in Dr. Joe Boyer’s Microbial Ecology Lab at FIU. Amber is currently studying the roles of phytoplankton and bacteria in Florida Bay carbon cycling. She is co-advised by Dr. Joe Boyer and Dr. Bill Anderson. 

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David Lagomasino is a PhD Candidate in the Department of Earth and Environment at Florida International University. He received his Masters in Geology from East Carolina University, and his BS in Geological Sciences from FIU. His research interests have migrated from wetland sedimentology to wetland ecohydrology and remote sensing. Currently, David's research seeks to understand the groundwater/surface water interactions in coastal mangroves and how satellite remote sensing can be used as a powerful tool to understand the changes to the water cycle from a global perspective.

View Sylvia's posts here.
Sylvia Lee is a Ph.D. candidate in the Biology Department at Florida International University. She received a B.S. in Biology from Loyola University Chicago, where she got her first experience with diatoms, an environmentally-sensitive and beautifully-ornamented group of algae, in a stream ecology lab. Her interest in diatoms took her from the Windy City to sunny south Florida to work with Dr. Evelyn Gaiser in the Periphyton Lab. Her dissertation research is on the mechanisms driving diatom assemblage composition in the Everglades, which will provide important information to aid assessment of Everglades restoration. She recently helped develop and teach a diatom camp for high school students at Iowa Lakeside Lab. She hopes to continue spreading the diatom love through her research and teaching activities.

View Adam's posts here.
Adam Rosenblatt is a PhD Candidate in the Department of Biological Sciences at Florida International University where he works with Dr. Mike Heithaus. He received his BA in biology and history from Oberlin College in 2006. His research is currently focused on the movement and feeding behaviors of American alligators in the coastal Everglades. He enjoys long walks on the beach, surfing, jai alai, and the unique feeling you get when an alligator vomits in your lap. You can find out more about his research here.

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Nick Schulte is a M.S. candidate in the Periphyton Lab within the Biology Department at Florida International University. He works with Dr. Evelyn Gaiser on his research on changes in the algae communities of the Everglades caused by nutrient enrichment. Nick received his B.S. from Tennessee Technological University, where he was inspired by the amazing world of algae and their uses in studying water quality, food webs, and theoretical ecology. He intends to continue his phyco-philia through a PhD and beyond to show how important algae are to the global environment, how useful they can be for humans, and how they can be used to answer outstanding scientific questions.

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Jenn Sweatman is a PhD candidate in the Seagrass Ecosystems Lab at Florida International University. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Texas A&M University - Kingsville and her Master of Science degree from Texas A&M University - Corpus Christi. For her dissertation research, Jenn is interested in community dynamics in human-impacted habitats using epiphyte grazers in seagrass beds as her study system. Her ultimate goal is to raise awareness of the necessity of seagrass conservation and restoration, and introduce people to the hidden beauty of seagrass meadows! 


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