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Cooperative Ecosystem Studies Units National Network

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.

CESU Units Network

Through the AIST, the University of South Florida has membership in the Piedmont-South Atlantic Coast (, South Florida-Caribbean (, Gulf Coast ( 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
  • Increased collaboration

  • 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 (

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