MARES People

  • MARES

    The Marine and Estuarine Goal Setting for South Florida (MARES) project aims to reach a science-based consensus about the defining characteristics and fundamental regulating processes of a South Florida coastal marine ecosystem that is both sustainable and capable of providing the diverse ecological services upon which our society depends. Collaboration among stakeholders is being gathered during 12 public workshops planned over the three-year project period that started in September 2009.

    MARES represents a collaboration among academic scientists, federal and state agency experts and non-governmental organizations working in close conjunction with federal and state environmental managers, private industry stakeholders and interested members of the public.

    A three-step process is being used to develop ecosystem report cards.

    Step 1 is the development of Integrated Conceptual Ecosystem Models (ICEMs) for three sub-regions of south Florida; The Florida Keys and Dry Tortugas, the Southwest Florida Shelf, the Southeast Florida Shelf, and the total marine ecosystem that couples each of the MARES ICEMs with existing models for Biscayne Bay, Florida Bay and the Caloosahatchee Estuary.

    MARES Study SiteFigure 1. MARES Study Site

    The ICEMs incorporate not only the best available information about relevant natural science, but also incorporate human dimensions science and societal processes. The models illustrate cause and effect relationships in the ecosystem, and also identify valued services provided by the ecosystem and account for ecosystem management activities (Responses) intended to mitigate the adverse effects on the ecosystem (Impacts).

    Step 2 of the project is to develop Quantitative Ecosystem Indicators that can be monitored to measure change and reflect the condition of the ecosystem. They must be present throughout the coastal system and be a key attribute or effect in the ICEM. Indicators must also integrate the system-wide response to various ecosystem drivers. One example of a QEI is algal bloom status in Florida Bay. The concentration, duration and spatial extent of chlorophyll a with respect to historical conditions assess changes in the habitat.

    Step 3 is the development of an Ecosystem Report Card. The reports provide an overview of the condition of the ecosystem using a stoplight approach with red, green, and yellow rankings. The Report Cards provide the public, managers, and researchers with a quick guide for identifying areas that require immediate attention and those that are meeting consensus goals quantified as indicator targets in step two.

    Please visit our MARES People page for details about our team membership.

  • Environmental Goal Setting

    Environmental Goal SettingThe goal of the Marine and Estuarine Goal Setting for South Florida (MARES) project is to reach a science-based consensus about the defining characteristics and fundamental regulating processes of a South Florida coastal marine ecosystem that is both sustainable and capable of providing the diverse ecological services upon which our society depends.

  • James C. Hendee, Ph.D.

    James C. Hendee, Ph.D.

    • Director, Ocean Chemistry and Ecosystems Division
    • 305-361-4396
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    Jim Hendee is the Director of the Ocean Chemistry and Ecosystems Division of the Atlantic Oceanographic and Meteorological Laboratory (AOML), an oceanographer with NOAA, and the originator (in 1993) of the Coral Health and Monitoring Program, which includes the Coral-List list-server, the Coral Reef Early Warning System (CREWS), and the Integrated Coral Observing Network. CHAMP has been funded over the years by the Coral Reef Conservation Program (CRCP), the High Performance Computing and Communications (HPCC) office, the NOAA Ocean and Atmospheric Research (OAR) line office, and AOML in Miami, Florida. CHAMP now includes other research projects originated and funded by other personnel such as those found on this web site. Dr. Hendee oversees all the CHAMP operations. Hendee received his B.S. in marine biology from Florida State University, his M.S. in marine biology from the University of Alaska at Fairbanks, and his Ph.D. in Information Systems from Nova Southeastern University.

  • Pamela Fletcher, Ph.D.

    Pamela Fletcher, Ph.D.

    • Regional Extension Coordinator, UF/IFAS-Florida Sea Grant College Program
    • 305-361-4553
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    Pamela Fletcher, a Florida Sea Grant liaison at AOML with the Ocean Chemistry and Ecosystems Division, earned her doctoral degree in July of 2014 from the Soil and Water Science Department of the University of Florida. Dr. Fletcher’s thesis, Using participatory decision support to improve coral reef management, included research results obtained from her involvement with several NOAA‑funded projects, including the Marine and Estuarine Goal Setting for South Florida (MARES) project and the coral reef and marine resource managers climate information needs assessment.