Florida’s diverse fish and wildlife species face threats every day. Biologists with the Ecosystem Assessment and Restoration section track many of these threats. Researchers monitor harmful algal blooms, including Florida red tide, which can cause human health and economic problems, and monitor and investigate fish and wildlife diseases and die-offs. Section researchers also evaluate the status of habitats, providing data that aid in preservation, management and restoration decision-making.
Highlights on Current Research
Sample of Active Projects
FWRI coral researchers are involved in a multi-agency effort to rescue corals from a devastating coral disease event occurring along the Florida Reef Tract.
Peace and Withlacoochee River Watershed Threats Assessment
Scientists with the Freshwater Plants research project are identifying degraded habitat and developing prioritized restoration plans within peninsular Florida watersheds.