Everglades Institute Summary

  1. Brief Corporate History

    The Institute was founded in 1980, incorporated as 501(C[3]) in 1983, and chartered in the State of Florida as a not-for-profit corporation.

  2. Scientific Accomplishments

    Scope of Work Results/Conclusions
    A. Established the only independent research facility in the interior of the Everglades. Research free of usual agency orientation and administration bias.
    B. Designed and built the "Mobile Classroom", a tracked vehicle capable of bringing researchers into the habitat with all necessary equipment, support several researcher for up to a week at a time, and so do with less ground loading than a human foot. Substantially increase research capabilities.
    C. Demonstrated obligate air breathing in the Spotted Gar, L. platyrinchus. Research.
    D. Presented paper on new method to establish breeding populations of Everglades Tree Snail, L. fasciatus, in non-tropical hardwood hammock habitats, outside Everglades National Park.  
    E. Described importance of regulated seasonal salinity gradient movement in mangrove habitat to larval/juvenile populations in Fresh Water & & Coastal Everglades and Florida Bay habitats. Restore historic productivity by restoring evolved flow regulation mechanisms.
    F. Described pattern of burn damage in Northern Shark Valley area of Everglades National Park and correlated damage to departure from historic burn frequency/fire intensity. Restoration of historic fire management will:
    1. Restore bio-productivity.
    2. Reduce management costs.
    G. Extirpation of the Panther, F. concolor, in Everglades National Park was shown to be related to change in dietary exposure to mercury, resulting from reliance on small carnivores instead of herbivores. Habitat floral and faunal change induced by the N.P.S. departure from historic fire management is a probable cause. Restore panther/deer populations & reduce management costs.
    H. Wading bird roost/rookery site choice, and maintenance of said sites, was shown to be unrelated to many human economic and recreation activities. Present enviro-protectionism-based management mechanisms:
    1. Are unduly labor intensive.
    2. Incur many non-essential costs.
    3. Needlessly restrict human behavior.
    4. Fail to demonstrate claimed benefits to wading birds.

  3. Education accomplishments

    1. Everglades ecology curricula were written and implemented for the following:
      1. Middle school, high school, emotionally handicapped. and gifted students.
      2. Undergraduate and graduate students.
      3. Teacher education.
    2. All education programs were validated with rigorous pre/post testing.
    3. Education program test results demonstrated a remarkable ability to achieve comparable levels of mastery of presented subject matter regardless of ethnic or socio-economic demographics of participating students.
    4. The Mobile Classroom Program actualized bringing the modern learning environment (books, lab equipment, collecting and sampling gear, research equipment, AV equipment,etc.) into the habitats being studied.
    5. Socio-ecology, a multi-disciplinary education method, which increases and integrates the participant's knowledge of economics, government, history, and ecology, was developed, implemented, and validated at the Institute and in Dade County Public Schools.
All Socio-Ecology program participants, educators, students, and the general public, demonstrate an enhanced ability to:
  1. Understand and analyze the Constitutional aspects of their decision making choices.
  2. Apply such Constitutionally based analysis to their daily lives.

Institute director Jan Michael Jacobson

Read a write-up about Jan in WorldNetDaily.


A Map of Everglades National Park

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