- Environmental Engagement
As a catalyst for outreach and education programs locally, nationally and abroad, SEAS provides the infrastructure to enhance and expand existing programs. Initiatives include the Schoolyard Program of the Florida Coastal Everglades Long-Term Ecological Research Program, which provides hands-on research experiences for teachers and high school students.
SEAS also supports its Agroecology Program, which engages high school students, teachers, and local farmers. The program has won two National Science Foundation Faculty Early Career Development awards for its innovative education and outreach programs.
Community outreach involves disseminating key information on environmental issues to the public through multiple venues, such as the FIU exhibit on display at the Museum of Discovery and Science in Ft. Lauderdale. In South Florida, SEAS faculty are influential in policy decisions regarding Everglades restoration, coastal and near shore marine ecosystems, and water resources. The Applied Research Center is designed to bring together SEAS and outside researchers and stakeholders to create specific policy recommendations on time-sensitive environmental issues. The Center assists FIU faculty in packaging research results into specific policy recommendations and targeting them to the appropriate decision-makers.