South Florida – Caribbean
Cooperative Ecosystem Studies Unit

Individually, we are one drop. Together, we are an ocean.

– Ryunosuke Satoro

Welcome to SFC CESU

The South Florida and Caribbean Cooperative Ecosystems Studies Unit (SFC CESU) was established in 2000 under the leadership of the Department of the Interior and has led to the partnership of nine federal agencies and 21 academic institutions and non-government organizations. Together, the SFC CESU partners support a regional approach to ecosystem science and adaptive management that emphasize natural and cultural resource understanding and protection at the landscape/seascape scale.

Science Reflected Through Art

The SFC CESU Host University Director, Dr. Evelyn Gaiser, will highlight her research, “Why Diatoms Matter,” in conjunction with the showing of Rick Cohen’s Diatomaceous Earth sculpture exhibit during a virtual event hosted by Biscayne Bay National Park.

Choen’s found-object assemblage sculptures are made out of bottle caps, marbles, jewelry-findings, plates, and other large objects that are arranged into intricate patterns to resemble diatoms. This exhibit will be displayed in the Park’s Dante Fascell Visitor Center Gallery daily from 9-5 starting on June 11th and extending through September 12th. Dr. Gaiser’s special event will occur on June 14th at 6 pm, and an opportunity to meet the artist and microscopically view diatoms will occur at a social-distanced, timed-entry reception on June 2nd from 1-3 pm.

Pre-register for Dr. Gaiser’s presentation at

Florida Invasive Species Virtual Symposium

September 1st and 2nd, 2021

Registration: Fees include FISC membership and will also support the FISC Florida CISMA grants
General: $50.00
Student: $25.00

For more details and to register:

Monthly CISMA Call

Standardizing Terminology for Invasive Species Outreach
Basil Iannone (UF IFAS)
June 23rd @ 1:30 pm EST

To participate:
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1 646 558 8656 (Eastern US)
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Meeting ID: 792 336 4433
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New Funding Opportunity

*Application Date: 08 July 2021

Monitoring Alligator status as a system-wide Ecological Indicator of Everglades Restoration, Florida

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