Welcome to the Agroecology Program at FIU
The Florida International University's Agroecology Program is a comprehensive program that integrates science-based education, research and outreach in the area of agriculture and natural resources. The program focuses on the interface between agriculture, natural ecosystems and urban development and consists of specialized undergraduate agroecology courses, field trips, summer internships, graduate fellowships, and training workshops for university students and high school teachers.
The Program is an innovative, science-based curricular program under the Department of Earth and Environment designed to provide students with an opportunity to focus on issues in agriculture at the farm level, community level, and at the regional landscape level. The program consists of specialized undergraduate agroecology courses, field trips, summer internships, graduate fellowships, and training workshops for high school teachers. Students and participants will be exposed to a stimulating intellectual learning environment, and to agricultural agencies and research institutions, such as the USDA's Agricultural Research Service and other area research and educational organizations.
Students can increase their understanding of not only the function and productivity of on-farm agricultural systems, but also increase their scientific knowledge of broad spatial agricultural issues including:
- Regional water allocation conflicts
- Urban-rural conflicts
- Community food shed
- Geo-spatial analysis of agricultural resources and ecosystem impacts
Focus on the programs
The focus of these programs is on the triangular interface between agriculture, natural ecosystems, and urban areas. The image below depicts the underlying connection between these three different areas, with some of the positive and negative feedback effects.
The program facilitates study of the relationships between natural, agricultural, and urban areas due to the availability of these three different types of environments. The fragile Everglades covers most of south Florida and is impacted by the pressure from the growing population of the nearby urban areas. Productive agricultural lands are necessary to provide for the increasing population, which in turn put more pressure on the natural areas.