Research Projects

The lab is involved in several projects:

The algal flora of South Florida;

As a unique macroalgae group in the Miami region, we have the long term goal of describing and archiving the macroalgal species in our region.

Biscayne Bay:

Macroalgae as indicators of change in salinity and nutrients is the main objective of this project as we study the effects of the Coastal Everglades Restoration Program (CERP) within the Bay. This project is being conducted in collaboration with Dr. Lirman from the University of Miami. A community level approach with nutrient content analysis of some species is being used as tools in the search of macroalgal indicators.

Florida Bay:

We are involved in two main projects in Florida Bay.

As a collaborator of the Long Term Ecological Research Program in the Florida Coastal Everglades (LTER FCE), we are conducting a long term monitoring of calcareous green macroalgae including studies on productivity and calcification rates.

In collaboration with the Florida International University Seagrass Ecosystems Research Laboratory, we are analyzing results of a nutrient enrichment on seagrass beds in 6 different sites along a salinity-nutrient gradient. Community and nutrient content analysis of dominant species is being analyzed.

National collaborations include work with the Phycolab at the University of Alabama, the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, among others.

International Collaborations: The different projects conducted at home are complemented with international collaborators in Brazil, Venezuela and Mexico.