LTER Road Trip: Algae in the Everglades

Viviana Mazzei studies organisms that cannot be seen with the naked eye. When I toured the Florida Coastal Everglades LTER research sites in Everglades National Park, my eyes were drawn to the mangrove trees, the dolphins, the birds. But when Mazzei, a Ph.D. student at Florida International University, wades through these ecosystems, she is on the look-out for something much smaller: diatoms, a type of single-cell algae, that thrive in this aquatic environment.

“I’m looking at how community composition and species composition of periphyton – which are beautiful benthic algal mats – change along a natural gradient,” she explains

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  1. Lindsey E. Rustad says:

    Awesome!

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