joel-and-periphyton-400x257In an effort to understand the diets of plant-loving fish, FIU Ph.D. student Jessica Sanchez and marine sciences professor Joel Trexler delved into the world of herbivory in freshwater ecosystems. They wanted to develop a research framework for other scientists to follow in studies on the evolution of these diets. Their efforts resulted in a scientific paper that was published in a recent issue of Ecosphere. It was the 800th scientific paper published by research faculty in FIU’s Southeast Environmental Research Center (SERC).

“Many of our publications have not only had important scientific impacts, but they have also shaped current management practices and policy,” said Todd Crowl, director of the Institute of Water and Environment, which houses SERC. More information >>

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