On Thursday, June 25 at 1 p.m. (CST) join MKEI for a webinar on Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis in Central America presented by Marina De León, M.S., Ph.D. candidate, Microbiology & Molecular Genetics at University of California, Davis. Marina E. De León is a doctoral researcher in Jonathan A. Eisen’s lab at the University of California, Davis. Her primary…
At MKEI, we gather and analyze data to develop solutions to environmental challenges; to address balance between humans and the environment; and to enhance management and use of environmental resources.
Current projects focus on Northwest Florida’s coastal dune lakes. These are unique water bodies located near the coastline, which open intermittently to the Gulf of Mexico. MKEI is examining the biology (flora and fauna), chemical, and physical components to construct a comprehensive assessment of these valuable ecosystems.
What We’re Working On Now
Coastal Dune Lakes Phytoplankton Assessment
Obtaining descriptive baseline data about the phytoplankton communities present in the coastal dune lakes to better understand their dynamics in dune lake ecology.
Coastal Dune Lakes Vegetation Survey
Assessing aquatic macrophyte (plant) communities in the coastal dune lakes and how salinity affects those communities.
Coastal Dune Lakes Fish Population Survey
Providing a baseline understanding of the variety of species inhabiting the coastal dune lakes, and their respective locations.
Oyster Reef Faunal Assessment
Analyzing the biodiversity of oyster reef sites, to assess how productive the reefs have become since installation.
You need the right tools for every job. The MKEI team has to use a variety of tools during our work, some of which are as simple as a slightly modified trash can, and others are more complex, using sonar waves to map structure. Some of the tools that we construct ourselves are simple-yet-specialized. For…