Lab welcomes new M.S. student, Hanna Innocent

We are thrilled that Hanna Innocent has joined the lab as a new master’s student in Biological Sciences. Hanna received her B.S. from the University of Florida and gained experience in with algae by working for two years at Harbor…
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Gabe begins new role as FCE LTER information manager!

Congratulations to Gabe Kamener who was recently hired as the information manager for the FCE LTER (Florida Coastal Everglades Long Term Ecological Research program). Gabe has many years of experience in data management and technical training. He entered into the…
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Lab welcomes new post-doc, Dr. Kelsey Solomon

We are excited that Dr. Kelsey Solomon has joined the lab as FIU’s first George M. Barley Post-doctoral Fellow. Kelsey received her Ph.D. from the Odum School of Ecology at the University of Georgia where she studied effects of urbanization…
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Franco and Evelyn give Diatom Web Academy presentation

Franco and Evelyn presented a talk on “Long-term studies of calcareous benthic assemblages, Florida Everglades” for the Diatom Web Academy. This recorded presentation provides a synopsis of our lab’s research on diatoms, highlighting long-term ecological, taxonomic, and restoration assessment studies. …
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Katie Stansbury wins best poster award

We celebrate with Katie Stansbury upon her receipt of an award for her poster presentation “Drivers of extracellular polysaccharide production by a mat-forming diatom” at the 2021 Virtual FIU Biosymposium.

Katie Johnson joins the lab!

We are so excited that Katie Johnson has joined our lab in a Research Analyst position! She’ll be identifying and counting Everglades algae and helping us with our diatom database. Katie recently received her master’s degree from Georgia College in…
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Everglades Under Attack 

Fusion’s program “Everglades Under Attack” features Evelyn Gaiser, Viviana Mazzei, Nick Schulte, and Ben Wilson.

In Deep with Diatoms


The “In Deep with Diatoms” exhibit at FIU’s Frost Art Museum featured paintings of diatoms by the Tropical Botanic Artists and diatom sculptures by Xavier Cortada. The artists worked closely with our lab to develop these pieces.

Evelyn meets POTUS

President Obama at Everglades National Park on Earth Day

Evelyn Gaiser met President Obama during his visit to Everglades National Park on Earth Day (April 22, 2015).  Melissa Block interviewed Dr. Evelyn Gaiser for NPR’s All Things Considered the day before President Obama’s visit to Everglades National Park.