Ecosystem Assessment and Restoration

Scientist observing coral.
Observing Coral Spawning In The Keys
Leanne Flewelling, Section Administrator
Amber Whittle, Section Administrator
Annual Budget: $7,798,186, including grants
Staff: 92

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.

Articles Highlighting Current Research Within Ecosystem Assessment And Restoration

Disease Prevention
Florida panther biomedical investigations

Opportunistic Sampling
Gag grouper and the ovary-infecting nematode Philometra incognito

Seagrass Mortality
Investigating seagrass die-off in Florida Bay

Secrets In The Sea
Story Map: Using environmental DNA to characterize marine algae communities

Sample Of Active Research Projects Within Ecosystem Assessment And Restoration