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Everglades Wetland Research Park

Everglades Wetland Research Park

Ecological Modeling


January 23-25, 2014 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.


Sven E. Jørgensen, D.Eng., Sc.D.

Prof. Jørgensen received his Master of Chemical Engineering, DTU, Denmark, D.Eng. in Environmental Engineering from Karlsruhe University, Germany, and Sc.D. (Ecological Modelling) from Copenhagen University in 1990. He is currently Professor Emeritus, University of Copenhagen. He has authored/co-authored over 350 papers and written or edited 76 scientific books on ecological modelling, systems ecology, ecological engineering, environmental science, and environmental management of aquatic systems. He has advised 30 Ph.D. students in environmental chemistry and sciences at the Royal Danish School of Pharmacy, University of Copenhagen. Professor Jørgensen was founder and editor in chief (1975-2009) and is now honorary editor of Ecological Modelling. He has been President of ISEM (International Society of Ecological Modelling) for 1978-1994 and 2007–present. His many awards include the 2004 Stockholm Water Prize with co-laureate William J. Mitsch for outstanding contributions on the world’s lakes and wetlands.

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 Professor Emeritus and Founding Director of the Olentangy River Wetland Research Park 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 four editions of Wetlands and two versions of Ecological Engineering and has authored or co-authored over 500 papers, reports, and other publications. He has advised over 80 graduate students and 10 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.

Li Zhang, Ph.D.

Dr. Zhang is Assistant Director, Everglades Wetland Research Park, Florida Gulf Coast University. Prior to that position she was Assistant Director, Olentangy River Wetland Research Park, The Ohio State University. She received her Ph.D. from Australian National University, Canberra, Australia in Environmental Science under ecological modeler Tony Jakeman. Her specialties are wetland hydrology and data base management. Li is from Sichuan Province, China and received her B.S. degree in Sciences from Sichuan University. She has been an NSF Review Panelist for the NSF East Asia and Pacific Summer Institutes (EAPSI) program, serves on the Editorial Boards of Ecological Indicators and Sichuan Forestry Sciences and Technology and is Adjunct Professor in Sichuan Institute of Forestry, China (2006 - present).

Text: Fundamentals of Ecological Modelling, 4th edition (Jørgensen, S.E. and B. Fath, 2011, Elsevier) is included in the course fee.

Course Fee: US$800 (includes all course materials and textbook)

Register by November 23, 2013 and receive 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: