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Everglades Wetland Research Park

Everglades Wetland Research Park

Creation and Restoration of Wetlands


April 4-6, 2016 Naples, FL  (online registration! Now)

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.


William J. Mitsch, Ph.D.

Prof. Mitsch is Eminent Scholar and Director, Everglades Wetland Research Park and Juliet C. Sproul Chair for Southwest Florida Habitat Restoration and Management at Florida Gulf Coast University. He is also Chair of the U.S. National Ramsar Committee. He was formerly Distinguished Professor of Environmental Science and Director of the Olentangy River Wetland Research Park during his 26 years at The Ohio State University. He received a B.S. in engineering at the University of Notre Dame and a Ph.D. in systems ecology at the University of Florida, and also taught at the Illinois Institute of Technology and the University of Louisville. Professor Mitsch’s research and teaching have focused on wetland ecology and biogeochemistry, wetlandcreation and restoration, ecological engineering and ecosystem restoration, and ecosystem modeling. He has co-authored or co-edited 18 books, including five editions of Wetlands (most recent edition published in March 2015) and two versions of Ecological Engineering and has authored or co-authored over 600 papers, reports, abstracts and other publications. He has advised over 80 graduate students and 13 post-docs. He is founder and editor-in-chief of the journal Ecological Engineering and founder and past president of the American Ecological Engineering Society (AEES). His many awards include the 2004 Stockholm Water Prize with co-laureate Sven E. Jørgensen for outstanding contributions to the world’s lakes and wetlands.


Roy R. “Robin" Lewis, III

Mr. Lewis is founder and President of Lewis Environmental Services, Inc., Tampa, Florida. He received his B.S. in Biology from the University of Florida and his M.S. from the University of South Florida. He taught at Hillsborough Community College. His expertise includes the ecology, restoration, and creation of fresh and saltwater wetlands. He has designed more than 200 wetland restoration or creation projects in Florida, California, Mississippi, South Carolina, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Barbados, Thailand, Hong Kong, and Nigeria. He currently has projects in Brazil and Jamaica. Mr. Lewis is a Certified Senior Ecologist with the Ecological Society of America, a certified Professional Wetland Scientist with the Society of Wetland Scientists, and was a member of the NRC’s Committee on the Role of Technology in Marine Habitat Protection. He has published more than 100 papers on wetland and aquatic system restoration and creation.


Text:  Wetlands (Mitsch, W.J. and J.G. Gosselink, 2015, John Wiley & Sons) is included in course fee.

Course Fee: US$1200 (includes all course materials and textbook)

Please to register by February 19, 2016  for a 10% discount.



Dr. Li Zhang, Everglades Wetland Research Park, 109 Kapnick Center, 4940 Bayshore Drive, Naples, FL USA 34112

phone: 239-325-1364; email: