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We offer programs for students, faculty and community members who want to join in our work.

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.

    Tropical Botany Course information

  • 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

Outreach

  • 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.


    To participate in the program, download the iNaturalist mobile app and join the Grove ReLeaf project. While in spending time in Coconut Grove, take pictures of trees and submit them through the app.

    If you are interested in scheduling a group workshop to learn tree inventory and valuation skills, please contact tropics@fiu.edu

  • 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.

    Learn more about the Supply Chains Study

Student Research

More Opportunities

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