Sea Level Rise and Coastal Ecology: Science, Policy and Practice

An interdisciplinary course offered by the University of Florida Colleges of Liberal Arts & Sciences, Agriculture and Life Sciences and the College of Law and coordinated by the Florida Climate Institute. The goal of this course is to provide students a firm grounding in the science, law & policy, and economics associated with sea-level rise and climate change in the Nature Coast region through an interdisciplinary and experiential collaborative approach. This course will combine classroom lectures and disciplinary integration with an intensive field experience. Sessions will focus on ecological, coastal and marine issues through field-based immersion, practitioner lectures, and reflective discussions in an interdisciplinary context. Student teams will verbalize and defend their findings and recommendations in an open forum designed to highlight their learning

Faculty Core Team: Dr. Micheal Allen, School of Forest Resources & Conservation, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (IFAS), Dr. Ellen Martin, Department of Geology, College of Liberal Arts & Sciences,Thomas T. Ankersen, College of Law

Field & Lecture Contributors: Dr. John Jaeger, Department of Geology, Dr. Jack Putz, Department of Biology, Dr. Peter Frederick, School of Wildilfe Ecology & Conservation, Dr. Elizabeth Pienaar, Department of Wildlife Ecology and Conservation, Dr. Andrea Dutton, Department of Geology, Dr. Mark Clark, Soil and Water Science, Andrew Gude (USFWS), Leslie Sturmer & Savannah Barry, Florida Sea Grant, NRLI team

Coordinating Entity: Florida Climate Institute, Carolyn Cox

Student Cap & Composition:  15 Graduate and Professional degree students comprising 5 students each from programs in CLAS, CALS and LAW


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Sea Level Rise & Coastal Ecology White Papers

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