- UNESCO Chair
The UNESCO Chair on Sustainable Water Security, held by Dr. Maria Donoso, is charged with bringing together research and education to address regional, national and global water security issues, through innovative interdisciplinary research and partnerships for sustainability.
- Barley Chair
The Barley Chair provides resources to enhance FIU's capacity to research a broader range of associated topics within the Everglades ecosystem and beyond. Barley Chairholder Dr. Evelyn Gaiser leads a lab whose study of algal communities contributes to ecosystem restoration efforts.
Interdisciplinary FIU Partners
- CREST CAChE Partnerships
Visit CREST CAChE Partners to view organizations and individuals working with our researchers on water quality challenges.
- International Forensic Research Institute
- Robert Stempel College of Public Health and Social Work
Robert Stempel College of Public Health and Social Work explores the interconnectivity of social, biological, environmental and cultural elements of health to be a force for positive change.
- Everglades Foundation
FIU and the Everglades Foundation together form a powerful partnership for the Everglades. We pride ourselves on pooling our expertise and reach to train undergraduate and graduate students, conduct leading science to inform policy and management decisions, and engage and inform the public, ultimately to protect and restore America’s Everglades.
- South Florida Ecosystem Restoration Task Force
The South Florida Ecosystem Restoration Task Force, part of the U.S. Department of the Interior, is tasked with information exchange, interagency facilitation, research coordination and agency support. Learn more about the South Florida Ecosystem Restoration Task Force
- Miccosukee Tribe of Indians of Florida Endowment
The Miccosukee Tribe of Indians of Florida Endowment has helped us in further fulfilling our mission in Everglades research and graduate student education by updating our Field Operations Center boat fleet. Read the 2016-2017 Endowment Report to learn more.
Upgrades and Additions
- Upgrade to an electrofishing boat
- A new unmanned field vehicle
- Two new field vehicles to transport boats and researchers.
All of these additions will help researchers, especially our graduate students who conduct intensive field sampling.
Aside from our infrastructure and vehicle upgrades, the endowment helped us with:
- The Florida Coastal Everglades Long-term Research Ecological Research Program's annual "all-scientist meeting" attended by over 100 Everglades researchers, managers and conservationists
- Graduate students' and postdoctoral associates’ travel to national and international meetings to discuss Everglades-related research
- Graduate students working on Everglades ecology, hydrology and management
- South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD)
The South Florida Water Management District is a regional governmental agency that oversees the water resources in the southern half of the state, covering 16 counties from Orlando to the Florida Keys and serving a population of 7.9 million residents. It is the oldest and largest of the state's five water management districts. Created in 1949, the agency is responsible for managing and protecting water resources of South Florida by balancing and improving water quality, flood control, natural systems and water supply.
- Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP)
The Florida Department of Environmental Protection is the state’s lead agency for environmental management and stewardship, protecting our air, water and land. DEP is divided into three primary areas: Land and Recreation, Regulatory and Ecosystem Restoration.
- South Florida and Caribbean Cooperative Ecosystems Studies Unit (SFC CESU)
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 SFC CESU, formed in 2000, is a partnership between nine federal agencies and 21 academic institutions and NGOs. The ecosystems covered by the SFC CESU 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. The members of the SFC CESU have an international reputation for excellence in the study of the marine environment. This includes the 9 federal partners as well as the 21 non-federal partners.
Find out more about the partnership and how you can get involved.
- National Science Foundation (NSF)
- Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
- National Park Service (NPS)
- National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)
- Army Corps of Engineers