New Interdisciplinary Course Allows Students to Encounter the Environment
This spring a collaborative, interdisciplinary and experiential course brought together 16 graduate students from science, law and environmental backgrounds for a unique class focusing on climate change and sea-level rise on the Nature Coast, specifically the Big Bend region.
The course, Sea Level Rise and Coastal Ecology: Science, Policy and Practice was coordinated by the Florida Climate Institute, a web of national and international scientists, individuals, researchers and public organizations with a goal of better understanding climate change. At the university, it brought UF Law students together with students from the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences. The course was hosted by UF’s new Nature Coast Biological Station in Cedar Key.
The goal of the course was to convey a firm foundation in science and economics, as well as law and policy relating to sea-level rise and climate change on Florida’s Gulf Coast. The course also sought to develop policy options for natural resource issues affecting the Big Bend region.
The workload included a series of on-campus lectures and a week-long visit to Cedar Key during Spring Break for hands-on, experiential learning. Check out this video to see students in action during their Cedar Key fieldwork.