Evelyn Gaiser

Executive Director, School of Environment, Arts and Society
Professor, Department of Biological Sciences
Florida International University


Dr. Gaiser is an aquatic ecologist interested in drivers of long-term change in lakes and wetlands. 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.

Her research focuses on algal communities, particularly the unusual microbial mats of karst wetlands around the world.

  • Algae as metrics of water quality and quantity
  • Drivers of diatom diversity in space and time
  • Role of algal mats in carbon cycling
  • Lakes as sentinels of climate change

  • Luca Marazzi, Ph. D. (Post-Doctoral Associate)
  • Franco Tobias (Lab Manager)
  • Rafael Travieso (FCE LTER Field Manager)
  • Viviana Mazzei (Ph. D. Student)
  • Nick Schulte (M.S. Student)

Ph.D. 1997 University of Georgia, Athens, Georgia, Institute of Ecology
M.S. 1991 Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa, Department of Animal Ecology
B.S. 1989 Kent State University, Kent, Ohio, Department of Biology

Evelyn Gaiser, Ph.D.

11200 SW 8th St, ECS 453

Miami, FL 33199

gaisere@fiu.edu – 305-348-6145



FIU International Center for Tropical Botany