Research Focus Area 3: Impacts & Visualization

Technological advances in hardware, storage and software have increased scientists’ ability to find new and unique ways of generating and using data. This creates exciting new possibilities for conducting research that addresses the complex challenges of environmental contamination and ecological risk assessment. Through high-resolution data acquisition, data mining, and visualization techniques, scientists can better understand the fickle and fleeting nature of aquatic data and pollutant movement across boundaries.

In today's world, data-intensive science requires significant collaboration between environmental and computer scientists. This cooperation is becoming increasingly critical in finding more effective ways to research, discover and solve problems. The work done by our team will facilitate these collaborations and support our researchers to better detect and understand the sources, transport, transformation and ecosystem responses to contaminants in South Florida's complex aquatic systems. This will ultimately allow us to provide the public and decision-makers with models of future scenarios, and predict future conditions under a changing landscape and climate. To learn more, read our full proposal.

Our faculty develop methods to enable data mining and synthesis across large, complex data sets. This allows us to conduct holistic effects-assessments for understanding South Florida’s fragile aquatic ecosystems and to convey environmental impacts to policy and decision-makers.


Jose Eirin-Lopez, Lead: Biological Sciences
Kevin BoswellBiological Sciences
Marcus CookeEnvironmental and Occupational Health
Quentin FeltyEnvironmental and Occupational Health
Michael Heithaus: Biological Sciences
Jeremy KiszkaBiological Sciences
Assefa MelesseEarth and Environment


Shahin Vassigh, Lead: Architecture
Biayna BogosianArchitecture
Leonardo BobadillaComputing and Information Sciences
Shu-Ching ChenComputing and Information Sciences
Mark FinlaysonComputing and Information Sciences
TJ MarstonLandscape Architecture
Ebru OzerLandscape Architecture