The South Florida and Caribbean Cooperative Ecosystems Studies Unit (SFC CESU) hosted by the Institute of Environment at Florida International University is one of the 17 CESUs created by the federal government under the leadership of the Department of the Interior to provide assistance to managers in federal land management, environmental and research agencies. The South Florida and Caribbean Cooperative Ecosystems Studies Unit, formed in 2000 and renewed in 2005, 2010, and 2015, is a partnership between nine federal agencies and 21 academic institutions and NGOs:

Federal Partners (contact list here)


The mission of the SFC CESU is to foster and facilitate collaborative activities among its nine federal and twelve non-federal members in the areas of research, technical assistance, educational activities, and other services that the partner institutions are especially qualified to provide within the context of the CESU objectives. The SFC CESU supports a regional approach to ecosystem science and adaptive management with emphasis on the landscape/seascape scale. The members of the SFC CESU have an international reputation for excellence in the study of marine environments and their ecosystems of research include the terrestrial and coastal ecosystems of South Florida (Everglades, Florida Bay, Ten Thousand Islands Area, Biscayne Bay), the marine resources including the Florida Keys from the Dry Tortugas to West Palm Beach, and the marine and terrestrial resources of Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.