The Ecosystem Restoration, Assessment, and Modeling (ERAM) research group assesses, evaluates,
and predicts the holistic, integrated ecosystem status using a broad range of scientific tools
(e.g. observations, empirical analyses, end-to-end ecosystem modeling, etc.). The mission of ERAM
is to provide the products needed to inform ecosystem-based management (EBM) decisions; thus
ensuring resource managers evaluate their decisions in a holistic, integrated ecosystem context
rather than evaluating in isolation the response of a single ecosystem sector. Thus, a consistent
goal of all projects in ERAM is to provide useful scientific information to resource managers in
a manner that improves their science-based decision-making. ERAM projects aim to understand coupled
socio-ecological tropical and sub-tropical coastal ecosystems and in particular their response to
the myriad natural and anthropogenic pressures they currently face. This understanding allows us to
predict and evaluate the ecosystem response to potential management actions.
Current projects being conducted by ERAM are:
1. The Gulf of Mexico Integrated Ecosystem Assessment (GoM-IEA) provides the scientific
syntheses, analyses, and models necessary to inform EBM throughout the Gulf of Mexico.
2. The Marine and Estuarine Goal Setting project (MARES) develops 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 ecosystem services
upon which our society depends.
3. Juvenile Sportfish Research in Florida Bay determines how Everglades restoration and
climate change will affect economically and ecologically vital sportfish species within Florida Bay.
4. Integrated Models for Evaluating Climate Change, Population Growth, and Water Management
(i.e., CERP) Effects on South Florida Coastal Marine and Estuarine Ecosystems (iMODEC) couples
ecological, physical oceanographic, and climate models to predict the potential effect of climate
change and restoration scenarios on the ecology of Florida Bay.
5. The South Florida Project (SFP) monitors the physical, chemical, and biological oceanography
of south Florida's coastal ecosystem and develops indicators for water quality.