Courses & Training
- For-Credit Courses
For-credit undergraduate (BSC 4473C, 3 credits) and graduate (OCB 6927C, 2 credits) scientific diving classes are offered in conjunction with the Environmental Health and Safety workplace scientific diving program. Each class section combines graduate and undergraduates taking the class for credit with professionals receiving the training for workplace safety reasons.
Sea Level Solutions Interdisciplinary Research & Design Studio
This course provides an innovative and creative platform to work collaboratively across disciplines to design and produce sea level solutions that are at once functional and visionary in their approach, in addition to serving as a model for our region and beyond. Faculty from multiple FIU colleges are among instructors and will provide weekly lectures (open to the public), training and analytical tools.
The studio will pay particular attention to infrastructural solutions that are concurrently functional, aesthetic, and contextual in their design approach. Students will be expected to deliver projects that are formally resolved in macro and micro scales, and will conduct research and analysis, site investigation, mapping and interpretation of the existing context. They will carry out studies aimed at exposing important site qualities and relationships. Ideas will be discussed in the form of desk crits and formal reviews, with special emphasis on frequent, in-class pinups and interdisciplinary group work.
For more information about this course, please contact Dr. Susan Jacobson.
- Aquarius Courses
Our Medina Aquarius Program offers training courses in multiple topics related to underwater research, including:
- Diving medical technician
- Recompression chamber operation
- Saturation diving
- Trauma component of shark handling
Visit Aquarius Training for information.
- Flora & Fauna of the Florida Keys
This course provides an introduction to natural communities, plants
andanimals of the Florida Keys. This course consists of ten half-day field trips throughout the Florida Keys examining the fascinating differences between the islands, and how nature is responding to the presence of humans. This course consists of meetings on Saturday mornings at sites scattered along the length of the Florida Keys archipelago. The cost of this class is $299, and includes a field manual. The classes will meet on January 11, 18, 25; February 1, 8, 15, 29; March 7 and 14, 21, 28.
Participants are asked to also reserve April 4 and 18 as potential "Rain Dates." Note: If you represent a public agency interested in this course for your staff members please contact the course's instructor directly.
To learn more about this course, please email Jim Duquesnel at email@example.com.
- Aquarius Academy
- Aquarius Educator Traveling Program
Let us bring Aquarius Reef Base to you! Our outreach program brings a complete Aquarius presentation to your classroom (with a range of 75 miles from Islamorada). The program can be tailored for individual classes or auditorium presentations.
For more information or to book a program, please contact Analisa Duran.
- Schools Outreach
Our K-12 outreach programs send FIU educators and researchers to schools to share our passion for ocean conservation and exploration. Programs feature the critical ecosystems of the Florida Keys, the FIU Medina Aquarius Program, and the marine science research that our experts are conducting locally.
Outreach topics include, but are not limited to:
- Aquarius undersea laboratory
- Tropical marine ecosystems
- Marine debris and its impacts
- Sharks and the Global
- Climate resilience
For more information, please contact Analisa Duran.
- Florida Keys & Me
Being a student in the Florida Keys means being surrounded by Everglades National Park, the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary and the Florida Bay. In other words, there is no shortage of nature, outdoor activities or diverse ecosystems. Learning to live in balance with these fragile habitats so that the resources they provide will continue to flourish is a big part of living in the Florida Keys, requiring a more in-depth approach to outdoor activities.
Through three different citizen science platforms, students collect data at a site that will contribute to their knowledge of the natural world, their desire to be involved and their ability to take charge. Projects within the Florida Keys & Me program are grade-specific (3-12).
The topics and citizen science projects are:
- Marine Debris (Grades 3-5): Scientific beach clean-ups using the NOAA Marine Debris collection platform (Location depending on day of field lab, normally Plantation Key Hammock Preserve)
- Water Quality (Grades 6-8): Water quality testing using the Florida Keys Water Watch and Microplastic Awareness Project platforms (Green Turtle Hammock Preserve)
- Species Identification (Grades 9-12): Biodiversity tracking, species list creation and invasive species removal using the iNaturalist application (Green Turtle Hammock Preserve)
Programs are grade-specific but can altered on request for different grade levels. All field labs take place in Islamorada in collaboration with the City of Islamorada. Field labs are available for up to 30 students at a time.
If you are interested in this field lab, please contact Analisa Duran.
The program is grant funded through May of 2020.
- NOAA Planet Stewards: No Debris for Me!
The goal of this program is to educate students on what marine debris is, the impacts it has on the environment and what they can do in their community to combat the issue. This program is funded by the NOAA Planet Stewards Program and is free for fifth-grade Title I schools. Field labs are for up to 30 students per program.
The program is be completed over a month includes:
- Outreach to your class about marine debris
- Bus costs and field lab to conduct a scientific shoreline cleanup
- Follow-up lesson plans correlated to the Florida Standards of Education and the Next Generation Science Standards
If you are interested in this program, please contact Analisa Duran.
The program is grant funded through May of 2020.
- Aquarius Interactive
Splash down to Conch Reef and take a virtual tour of the Aquarius undersea lab, the life support buoy and adjacent coral reefs – all without getting wet.
Visit Aquarius Education to view Aquarius Interactive.
- Citizens for Biscayne Bay Health
This initiative unites Institute of Environment faculty with local governments and organizations to help protect and preserve Biscayne Bay. An annual summit will spread the word about the bay's importance to our environment and economy.
- Ocean Life Public Seminar Series
The Ocean Life series brings renowned researchers and academics to the Keys to educate, entertain and inspire audiences of all ages. Hosted by our Center for Coastal Oceans Research and the Friends of the Key Largo Cultural Center, the series features interdisciplinary experts from FIU and the Keys.
- Sea Level Solutions Center Citizen Science
Seasonal King Tides (the highest of the high tides) have been causing flooding in our Miami community. SLSC, in collaboration with several partners, hosts yearly volunteer events to collect sea level rise data through flood reporting.
- Coastal Ecosystems Research Experience for Undergraduates
The Coastal Ecosystems Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) Site program is a 10-week paid research fellowship located on the campuses of Florida International University. The research theme of the REU site is the ecology of coastal ecosystems across gradients of human impact. Specifically, our research looks at coastal ecosystems ecology, environmental aquatic chemistry, and the connections among the Everglades wetlands, coastal mangrove forests, seagrass beds and shallow water coral reefs.
- ForEverglades Scholarship
The Institute of Environment and the Everglades Foundation are providing scholarships to full-time FIU graduate students pursuing Everglades restoration-related research. FIU ForEverglades scholarships provide up to $25,000/year for stipends, tuition fees, travel and other research-related expenses.
- Tropical Conservation Internship
Every semester, 10 outstanding undergraduate students are chosen to participate in multiple research and hands-on training internship opportunities offered at FIU and partner organizations.
- Coastlines and Oceans Division Research Travel Award
We offer a $500 travel award to Coastlines and Oceans faculty, postdocs, staff, and graduate and undergraduate students. The travel award is given every six months.