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wetlands ecology & coastal resilience
IN THIS ISSUE read about Improving the EDRR Decision Framework for the Greater Everglades (a tool to manage invasive species), and in our Student Spotlight video, learn about a protected species, the Bachman's sparrow.
In next month's issue:  Welcome the new COS Dean and incoming HBOI Director.

Wishing you and your family all the best for the holidays and a healthy, happy New Year.

Colin Polsky & the CES staff
Florida Center for Environmental Studies
Florida Atlantic University

Early Detection Rapid Response - EDRR 2.0
Managing Non-Indigenous Species in the Everglades
A draft version of the Early Detection Rapid Response (EDRR) screening tool will be reviewed this month at EDRR 2.0, a technical meeting hosted and sponsored by CES and USGS. The screening tool aims to provide a standardized and transparent process to help support rapid response decisions after detection of a non-native species within the Greater Everglades Ecosystem footprint. 

With invaluable input from those participating in our October 2015 EDRR Technical Meeting, t
he screening tool is an Excel-based spreadsheet that uses a series of questions organized under invasion potential and feasibility of control to arrive at a score. Once a score is calculated, the assessor is directed to a matrix that compares scores and provides context for management action. 

At this month's  technical meeting, experts from the US Department of Interior, US & FL Fish & Wildlife, US Geological Survey, SF Water Management District, University of Florida and US Army Corps of Engineers will give input on the draft version of this tool. 

PhD student Joe Niederhauser describes 
his research on the Bachman's Sparrow
How does the Bachman's sparrow ( Peucaea aestivalis ) survive the first year of life in a fire-prone landscape? Working with Dr. Rindy Anderson, Ph.D. student Joseph Niederhauser is studying the bird's developmental ecology by following juveniles throughout their first year of life to understand how they learn their songs, as well as how they deal with stress and parasites.

Joseph is a Ph.D. student of the Integrative Biology-Environmental Science Program in the
Department of Biological Sciences at FAU.

Watch the 2-minute VIDEO

Lalita and Walter Janke
Thanks to the generosity of CES donors Dr. Walter and Lalita Janke, five research projects have been funded in 2016.

One of five funded researchers, Primary Investigator Myeiongsub (Mike) Kim was awarded $50,000 to explore his topic:  "Microfluidics for Methane Production and Carbon Storage in Deep Underground Reservoirs."

The Center for Environmental Studies (CES) at FAU is pleased to announce the second cycle for the "Walter & Lalita Janke Foundation Innovations in Sustainability Science Research Fund."

Imagine yourself as a champion of Everglades restoration and catalyst for a more resilient South Florida. Your gift to the Center for Environmental Studies supports the development and execution of CES initiatives in collaborative research, education, and community engagement.
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