Our Mission

The mission of the Leonard and Jayne Abess Center for Ecosystem Science and Policy (Abess Center) is to create innovative, interdisciplinary initiatives that bridge the gap between science and environmental policy.

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Graduate Program

Our graduate program targets top caliber students whose demonstrated skills and interests bridge science and societal needs and who seek the theoretical and analytical skills to address complex, human-environment problems from academic and applied perspectives.

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Undergraduate Program

The ECS major offers a series of problem-based learning courses, culminating in a capstone course in the senior year team-taught by scientist and non-scientist faculty, emphasizing integration of science and policy approaches to real-world environmental issues.

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Research

The Abess Center’s research agenda constantly evolves to accommodate new faculty thinking and initiatives. The Center encourages and supports projects that adopt an ecosystem-wide focus, and are developed by faculty teams across disciplinary lines.

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Outreach

Net Zero Water

Autonomous Net-Zero Water Buildings

In early 2012, twenty students at the University of Miami will begin a four-year project funded by the National Science Foundation, living in campus housing that has been retrofit to recycle their wastewater on-site with closely monitored quality control. Read more »

Student Spotlight

Deborah Roque

Deborah Roque

At Barry University, Deborah was awarded the Research Internships for Students in Environmental Ecology Scholarship and participated in field…

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News & Events


Kenny Broad and Barrington Irving venture into Pulau underwater cave Read more…


ECS Director Gina Maranto named a Fellow of the Center for Genetics and Society Read more…


Abess Center PhD student Julia Wester awarded a travel grant to attend annual STEM conference Read more…


The Fall 2015 Environmental Science and Policy Ph.D. application is now live! Read more…

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Contact Us

To contact the Abess Center, visit our contact page.

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