What is the School of Environment, Arts and Society?

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The School of Environment, Arts and Society (SEAS) supports FIU’s efforts to address growing environmental challenges by uniting faculty to address the complex social and environmental challenges of the 21st century. SEAS fosters cutting-edge research and hands-on training to develop the innovative thinkers and professionals needed to respond to these challenges in addition to education and outreach initiatives to engage and inspire the community. As one of three interdisciplinary schools in the FIU College of Arts & Sciences, SEAS houses the departments of Biological Sciences, Earth and Environment, English, and the Liberal Studies program.

Uniting the humanities, sciences, and social sciences, SEAS is home to some of the world’s leading scientists and top nationally recognized writers and scholars. The FIU Creative Writing program, housed within the English department, is one of the nation’s top 10 creative writing programs. Faculty accolades include a Mac Arthur Genius grant, a Guggenheim Fellowship, a United States Artist grant, New York Times bestsellers, and New York Times Notable Book of the Year awards. Most recently, FIU Creative Writing alum Richard Blanco was given the honor of being the nation’s fifth inaugural poet, and the first Hispanic and gay poet to serve.

FIU is uniquely integrated in the South Florida community through strong and innovative research partnerships established with a range of cultural, scientific, and conservation institutions – ensuring research is both innovative and relevant to the needs of society. In addition to being at the forefront of global efforts to reduce overfishing and protect coral reefs, FIU researchers in the Biology department's Marine Science program recently published a ground-breaking study with an international team of scientists that demonstrates the potential for the world’s seagrasses to mitigate global climate change through the Blue Carbon Initiative. With the award of a grant to continue stewardship of the Aquarius Reef Base, the world’s only operational underwater research center, FIU will develop a new business model to fund operations at Aquarius, a unique and valuable asset to the scientific community.

SEAS research is leading the way locally and globally in both water quality and sustainability, as well as the development of better agricultural practices. The Southeast Environmental Research Center (SERC) plays a critical role in the Everglades, helping to guide the world’s largest ecosystem restoration project and conducting important research in the Florida Keys and throughout the coastal environments of South Florida. The Global Water for Sustainability (GLOWS) program works to increase social, economic, and environmental benefits to people of the developing world. The Earth and Environment department's Agroecology program has earned FIU the distinction of being one of the first universities in the nation to receive the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Hispanic-Serving Agricultural Colleges and Universities (HSACU) designation. In addition to spreading awareness through local education and outreach, the program has partnered with the Universidad Nacional de Agricultura (UNA) in Honduras.

SEAS is committed to translating research success into effective policies, and to spreading awareness through education and outreach events. SEAS’ EcoAcademy provides four weeks of innovative hands-on experience in marine science and sustainability for children ages 6-14 during the summer vacation. In addition, SEAS offers four lecture series throughout Miami-Dade and Monroe counties which feature FIU faculty discussing pressing environmental and social issues, and explaining how their research seeks to address these challenges. SEAS frequently hosts innovative and influential speakers, from the Intersectionist, Joe Zammit-Lucia, to EPA Regional Administrator, Gwendolyn Keyes Fleming, to award-winning writer, Carl Hiaasen. Whether you are a student, faculty, alumni, or interested member of the community we hope you will join us at one of our events to learn more about our School and discover ways to get involved.