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Everglades Wetland Research Park

Everglades Wetland Research Park

2012-2013 Short Courses


Creation and Restoration of Wetlands 

November 8-10, 2012 Naples, FL

Instructors: William J. Mitsch and Roy R. “Robin" Lewis, III

DescriptionThis course introduces the basics of wetland creation and restoration for mitigation of lost wetlands or wildlife habitat creation, i.e., "mitigation wetlands." Course will emphasize proper landscape approaches and working with site hydrology.Case studies from Florida and several other locations in the USA will be used to illustrate principles. Wetlands in southwest Florida will be visited in field trips to illustrate different approaches to constructing successful and unsuccessful wetlands. Course topics include: the mitigation process for Section 404, getting the hydrology right, wetland basin construction—what to watch for, selecting wetland plants and planting techniques, self-design vs. designer wetlands, monitoring created and restored wetlands, soil development, and hydric soil vs. non-hydric soil.


Systems Ecology 

January 31, February 1-2, 2013 Naples, FL

Instructors: Sven E. Jørgensen, William J. Mitsch, and Li Zhang

DescriptionThe course will present how to develop models for research and environmental management. The lectures will cover how to go modeling, an overview of all the applied types of models, examples of biogeochemical models for lakes, rivers and wetlands, ecotoxicological models for management of heavy metal pollution and population dynamic models for management of fishery. Introduction to the use of the modeling software STELLA is an integrated part of the course and group projects based on a development of simple dynamic models with STELLA will be used to demonstratehow to develop ecological models for research and environmental management. The instructors will assist student groups to develop their own preliminary models for presentation by the end of the 3-day period.