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Everglades Wetland Research Park

Everglades Wetland Research Park

Wetland Delineation


March 17-21, 2014 Naples, FL, USA

Instructors: Ralph Tiner and William J. Mitsch

DescriptionIntroduction to techniques of estimating the boundaries of wetlands. Course is of sufficient depth to count for almost any delineation certification program developed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and includes attention to regional delineation techniques as recently developed by the Corps. Emphasis on criteria for soils, vegetation, and hydrology and field testing. Certificates are issued to those who complete the course successfully including take-home examination. Course follows most recent guidelines developed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Field trips are included on most days to local wetland sites to test delineation technique development.


Ralph Tiner

Ralph W. Tiner is a nationally recognized expert in wetland delineation, which he has taught since the early 1980s throughout the USA. As a member of the Federal Interagency Committee on Wetland Delineation, he was compiler and principal author of the federal interagency wetland delineation manual published in 1989. He is adjunct professor at the University of Massachusetts and the author of several books, including two textbooks, two field guides to wetland plants and three field guides to wetland delineation. Mr. Tiner has written over 200 publications on topics ranging from the ecotone concept of wetlands to the current status of wetlands in several states and the entire country.

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.


Text: Wetland Indicators: A Guide to Wetland Delineation, Classification, and Mapping (Tiner, R., 1999, Lewis Publishers) and Field Guide to Coastal Wetland Plants of the Southeastern US (Tiner, R., 1993, University of Massachusetts Press)

Course Fee $1400.00 (includes course material, textbook, and plant identification book)

Register before January 17, 2014 and received 10% discount.


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

phone: 239-325-1364; email: