MESĀ 629. Biology, Ecology, and Management of Mangrove Ecosystems. 3 Credit Hours.

This course is intended to introduce students to mangrove ecosystems, one of the most productive, and biologically diverse, ecosystems in the world, and one of South Florida's key coastal ecosystems. The principal objective is to explain how our scientific understanding of mangrove ecosystems has been unfolding and how today they are considered paramount not only for their organic carbon contributions to coastal areas, but as protectors of the coast, mitigators of global climate change, reservoirs of biodiversity, and supporters of the livelihoods of millions of inhabitants throughout the world. The course will consist of lectures, class discussions, and presentations of student assignments. The lectures will follow an open seminar format in which all students are expected to actively participate in the discussion of the presented material. Two lectures will take place during field trips to local mangroveareas.
Components: LEC.
Grading: GRD.
Typically Offered: Spring.