Tiffany Troxler, Ph.D., Director

Tiffany TroxlerTiffany Troxler is a research scientist with appointments in the Southeast Environmental Research Center and Department of Biological Sciences at Florida International University. Her research focus is wetland ecosystems ecology. Her research employs approaches that include landscape- to local-scale hydrological monitoring of surface and groundwater water quality and ecosystem responses to environmental change. Her research informs management and restoration of coastal and freshwater wetland ecosystems. She currently leads a collaborative effort that will examine the effects of salinity inundation associated with sea-level rise on soil carbon balance in Everglades coastal wetlands. She is also contributing to a collaborative project led by the USGS to scale coastal carbon stocks and fluxes using remote sensing products.

Troxler is author of over 30 peer-reviewed articles and book chapters. From 2011-2013, she was visiting researcher and wetland expert with the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Task Force on National Greenhouse Gas Inventories based in Japan at the Institute for Global Environmental Strategies. She is also co-editor and contributing author on two IPCC methodological reports published in 2014 which supplement current national level greenhouse gas (GHG) estimation, including land-use change in coastal wetlands. She is a national GHG inventories review expert for the United National Framework Convention on Climate Change in the Land Use, Land-Use Change and Forestry (LULUCF) sector. She has trained government experts around the world to develop and conduct national scale GHG inventories.

Troxler is project collaborator and working group co-lead in the Florida Coastal Everglades LTER program. She works to foster local, national and international collaborative research with the aim of addressing local- to global-scale sustainability challenges.

She earned a BA in Anthropology from Tulane University and a BS in Environmental Science from Florida International University. She earned her PhD from Florida International University in 2005.

Brad Schonhoff, Communications Coordinator

Brad SchonhoffBrad Schonhoff has been working as the Communications Coordinator for the FIU Sea Level Solutions Center since August, 2015, shortly after it was launched. He graduated with a Master’s of Science degree in Environmental Studies from Florida International University in December of 2015, after working as a Research Assistant for FIU’s Biogeochemistry Laboratory and at the Loxahatchee Impoundment Landscape Assessment (LILA) since 2013. Under Dr. Leonard Scinto’s advisement, Brad’s M.S. thesis research involved studying the effect of water levels and flooding on emissions of two major greenhouse gases — carbon dioxide and methane — from Everglades soils at LILA. He hopes that this work can help inform and guide future Everglades restoration and wetland management, as part of the broader effort against global climate change and sea level rise.

Brad received his B.A. in Liberal Studies from Grand Valley State University in 2010, studying Critical Theory and Philosophy of Language/Interpretation. Between leaving west Michigan and moving to south Florida, Brad lived and worked in China as a full-time English teacher for two years, where he also assisted with a graduate seminar on the Philosophy of Language and Knowledge.