The Cooperative Ecosystem Studies Unit (CESU) Network is a national consortium of federal agencies, tribes, academic institutions, state and local governments, non-governmental conservation organizations, and other partners working together to support informed public trust resource stewardship. Though they are called "ecosystem studies" units, they cover work from Anthropology to Zoology and bring together scientists, resource managers, students, and other conservation professionals to conduct collaborative and interdisciplinary applied projects that address natural and cultural heritage resource issues at multiple scales and in an ecosystem context.
Through the AIST, the University of South Florida has membership in the Piedmont-South Atlantic Coast (http://psaccesu.uga.edu/), South Florida-Caribbean (http://mgg.rsmas.miami.edu/sfcesu/index.asp), Gulf Coast (http://gccesu.org/) CESUs. Scientific and financial benefits are available to all USF faculty, researchers, and graduate students as a result of this membership. Some of these benefits include:
Better access to federal resources to conduct projects of mutual interest
Improved way of doing business - rapid turnaround of award documentation
Research and technical assistance opportunities
To learn how to potentially take advantage of CESU opportunities at USF, contact:
Jeffrey P. Du Vernay, Ph.D.
Faculty Research Associate
Alliance for Integrated Spatial Technologies
University of South Florida
4202 East Fowler Ave, CPR 107
Tampa, Florida 33620
To learn more about the CESU National Network, click here (http://www.cesu.psu.edu/)