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Cara Rockwell

Research Assistant Professor
Institute of Environment
International Center for Tropical Botany
Department of Earth and Environment




EVR 1001: Introduction to Environmental Science

This course is designed to explore the interactions between humans and the environment, including our associations with climate, food and fiber production, water supply, and forest resources. Understanding these natural systems and the physical and social causes of adverse impacts will enable students to recognize our ecological footprint as well as develop strategies to mitigate these critical environmental problems. View EVR 1001 Syllabus

EVR 4934/5935: Special Topics: Food Forests

Food forests are resilient agroforestry systems characterized by multiple canopy layers of fruit and nut trees, nitrogen-fixing woody species, shrubs, vines, herbs, and perennial and annual crops. This traditional farming method results in a self-sustaining woodland habitat that can provide food, medicinal plants, and animal fodder, as well as promote other ecosystem services. The class reviews the ecological principles of food forests as sustainable agroecosystems and highlight the socioeconomic benefits of integrating forest gardening into the South Florida landscape. View EVR 4934/5935 Syllabus

EVR 4411: Human Organization and Ecosystem Management

This course focuses on the history of ecosystem management in the United States, beginning in the 19th century. The main focus is on the institutions and organizations that implement ecosystem management and its current version, landscape conservation cooperatives, in contemporary society. The student will master concepts of ecosystem management and adaptive management and what they mean in an institutional setting. Syllabus

ISC 5151/6152 Earth and Environment Graduate Seminar

This course consists of weekly seminars with emphasis on research and practices in earth- and environment-related issues, problems, and solutions. Presentations are made by visiting researchers, environmental practitioners, and faculty, followed by critical discussion. Students will have the opportunity to engage with invited speakers prior to the seminar during lunches or at another time during the visit and will be expected to assist with coordination of at least one speaker’s seminar. https://fiu.simplesyllabus.com/en-US/doc/ck3nmdvtt/Spring-Term-2024-ISC-5151-U01-?mode=view

IDS 4232 Sustainability in Action

Students will take this course in their last or next-to-last semester prior to graduation with a B.A. in Sustainability and the Environment. In this course, students will apply the knowledge and skills they have acquired throughout their academic and extra-curricular experiences of sustainability to develop creative realistic strategies to address environmentally related problems. Students will learn research skills so that they can propose, execute, and complete an interdisciplinary research paper in the area of sustainability. https://fiu.simplesyllabus.com/en-US/doc/mhe7o9s4s/Spring-Term-2024-IDS-4232-RVD-?mode=view

EVR 3163 Sustainable Forests

This course aims to enhance our understanding of the ecology and management of the world’s forests, as well as their governance, their contributions to the global economy, and their influence on the culture and livelihood development of forest-based communities. In the process, students will be exposed to basic principles of forestry and sustainability science, and the challenges facing those who manage forests. The course is designed for students from diverse disciplines and technical backgrounds. Thus, the instructors will encourage a class dynamic that relies on cooperation and critical thinking to address the complex socioecological issues inherent to the management of forest systems.