One Last Paddle

On our final morning at Vester we all jumped into the canoes for one last paddle around the mangroves. We set off in search of “bird island”, aptly named due to the high concentration of bird poo which covered the mangroves. Here we collected peat samples for Danielle who will analyse them to see what... Continue Reading →

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Florida Gulf Coast University

On our final full day in Florida we travelled to the main campus of Florida Gulf Coast University where we met Win (Edwin Everham). His research focuses on disturbance ecology and he argues that the greatest disturbance in Florida today is mankind, whereas it was historically fire. He comically notes that: “Ecology is not rocket... Continue Reading →

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Everglades Wetlands Research Park

A short journey south brought us to the Everglades Wetland Research Park, which is part of the Florida Gulf Coast University (FGCU). Here we met Bill Mitsch and his masters students. Bill gave an overview of the Everglades Wetlands Research Park and his latest research. He explained how the STAs are aiming to return the... Continue Reading →

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5 Things You Need to Know About Constructed Wetlands

On the return trip from St Augustine we visited two very different constructed wetlands. First, we visited the Stormwater Treatment Area (STA) 1-East, where we were guided round by Delia from the South Florida Water Management District. Afterwards we called in at Wakodahatchee Constructed Wetlands in Delray Beach. Below is a list of 5 key... Continue Reading →

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Sinkholes, Springs and Stormwater Wetlands

Alachua’s Sinkholes and Springs Day 5 was spent in Alachua county. We drove west to Gainesville where we met Mark Clark from the University of Florida. He explained how on the east side of the county there is a layer of clay which stops the filtration of water through to the aquifer, resulting in the... Continue Reading →

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Saltmarsh and Succession

After a seven-hour drive north, we arrived at the Whitney Labs, near St Augustine. Here we met Tod Osbourne from the University of Florida and Kim Ponzio who is a past president of the Society of Wetland Scientists. After we had settled in to our rooms, we all jumped into two boats. Not long after... Continue Reading →

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