Courses & Training
- Camera Trapping Workshop
April 27-May 8, 2020
This two-week workshop, led by experts in the field, focuses on the use of camera traps for estimating animal density and occupancy probability, particularly for wildlife management and conservation. Learn more about the camera trapping workshop
- Tropical Botany Course
Tropical Botany is an intensive course of study in the biology and systematics of tropical plants. The class is largely based on the extensive holdings of tropical vascular plants at Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden, The Kampong of the National Tropical Botanical Garden, University of Miami's Gifford Arboretum and the Montgomery Botanical Center. These gardens have the largest living collections of tropical plants in the United States. Additionally, field trips to the Florida Everglades, the Florida Keys, and adjacent natural areas are included. The natural vegetation of South Florida, which includes littoral and dry land habitats, mixed tropical hardwood hammocks, pinelands, and mangrove communities, introduces students to the diversity of tropical vegetation.
The object of the course is to provide advanced students and/or professionals with a detailed coverage of the systematics, phylogeny, diversity of structure, economic botany and conservation of tropical seed plants. Dr. Lucas Majure (University of Florida) and ICTB Director Dr. Christopher Baraloto teach this intensive month-long course along with Dr. Oscar Valverde (ICTB). Students can enroll in either BSC 6936 (graduate) or BSC 4934 (undergraduate) at Florida International University to receive credit for their participation.
The Tropical Botany 2020 Course has been postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic.
- Agroecology Programs
Horticulture Professional Certificate
The program covers all major aspects of horticulture, including plant propagation techniques and horticulture business management. A mix of theory and hands-on applications, students can personalize their areas of study. This course can help you prepare for the FNGLA Certified Horticulture Professional Certificate exam. Learn more about the Horticulture Professional Certificate
International Workshop on Agroecology and Sustainable Agriculture
The International Workshop on Agroecology and Sustainable Agriculture (IWASA) focuses on the application of agroecological principles for sustaining subtropical agriculture. Workshop participants will explore the integration of tropical and subtropical fruits and edible plants into farming which supports local food systems, as well as how to promote domestic and international trade. Learn more about IWASA
- Grove ReLeaf
Coconut Grove retains a lush tropical canopy that renders it unique among most South Florida neighborhoods. Nevertheless, neighborhoods are developing rapidly, and some apprehension has arisen regarding the future of this verdant landscape.
Grove ReLeaf focuses on teaching plant identification and inventory skills while also developing a citizen science network for urban tree mapping and monitoring across the Miami area. The data collected from this program will help our International Center for Tropical Botany scientists to assign concrete values to the tree canopy, to identify threats, and to understand the consequences of different management options.
Knowing the composition of our tree canopy is important. It will help our scientists and city officials to:
- Determine which trees are at risk of falling during hurricanes.
- Calculate the important ecological and economic benefits of trees.
- Plan the best species to be planted in particular locations.
- Monitor trees that can have negative impacts on residents and wildlife.
If you are interested in scheduling a group workshop to learn tree inventory and valuation skills, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Supply Chains Study
With support from The Walmart Foundation, researchers in FIU’s College of Arts, Sciences & Education and the College of Business will conduct a thorough assessment of Florida's tomato and strawberry production systems. They will evaluate the entire supply chain — from farmer to processor, distributor, retailer and consumer — to identify what works, what doesn't, and why.
We invite experts and all industry stakeholders to get involved during the course of this study and participate in this symposium.
- Agroecology Funding
Multicultural Scholars College Scholarship: $24,000 scholarships to pursue a BS in Environmental Studies (or relevant degree) with a focus on agroecology.
The following funding opportunities are available to Hispanic graduate and undergraduate students. Undergraduate students must be pursuing a BS in Environmental Studies under the agricultural science track, or be pursuing the Agroecology Certificate.
- USDA Broadening Agriculture Science Education
- Innovative Curriculum for Agriculture Training and Career for Hispanics
- Student Training in Agricultural Research Techniques by Novel Occupational Workshops
Visit Agroecology Scholarships for more information.
- Agroecology Internships
The Agroecology Program maintains a list of outside internships in agroecology.
- Botany Journal Club
- IRES Madagascar Program
Outstanding graduate students may apply to participate in the IRES Program, a research training program in lemur, sea turtle and marine mammal conservation in Madagascar. Learn more about the IRES Madagascar Program
- 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. Learn more about the Coastal Ecosystems REU
- 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. Learn more about the ForEverglades Scholarship
- 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. Learn more about the Tropical Conservation Internship