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Dr. Gaiser is an aquatic ecologist interested in drivers of long-term change in lakes and wetlands. Her research focuses on algal communities, particularly the unusual microbial mats of karst wetlands around the world. Her lab uses surveys, experiments and paleoecological studies to address the mechanisms of community assembly over long temporal and broad spatial scales, and results are often directly incorporated into ecosystem assessment and restoration. Dr. Gaiser is lead Principal Investigator of the Florida Coastal Everglades LTER program (fcelter.fiu.edu) and Interim Executive Director of the School of Environment, Arts and Society (seas.fiu.edu).