Our programs provide: (1) a rich personal educational experience for students; (2) new discoveries and applications that enrich lives, communities and natural resources; and (3) lifelong learning opportunities for professionals, policy makers, landowners, youth and the general public.
SCHOOL OF FOREST, FISHERIES, & GEOMATICS SCIENCES
Since 1937, the School has been developing new knowledge and educating students and citizens about the sustainable management and conservation of natural resources. We emphasize integrative, interdisciplinary approaches spanning three main programs: (1) Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences emphasizing sustainable fisheries, aquaculture and aquatic ecology and health; (2) Forest Resources and Conservation including the biology, ecology, economics, policy and human dimensions associated with sustainable management and conservation of forests; and (3) Geomatics specializing in modern geospatial sciences such as surveying, mapping, remote sensing, satellite imagery, GIS and GPS.
The School is part of the University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (IFAS) with four missions:
- undergraduate education,
- graduate education,
- research, and
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Forests cover one third of the world’s land area and half of Florida. They impact the lives of all people through the products and services they provide. Florida’s forests support a $12 billion industry, larger than any single agricultural crop. In addition, these forests provide non-timber products, clean water, wildlife habitat, carbon sequestration, climate stabilization, recreation, hunting, fishing, tourism, biodiversity, medicinals and aesthetic beauty. The demand for these goods and services is increasing every year; yet, the forested land to meet these needs is decreasing.
Similarly, our marine and freshwater resources are critical for their economic values, recreational opportunities, biodiversity and ecological services. One third of the world’s population depends on fish protein in their diet every day and yet the world’s fisheries are being challenged from overfishing. Further, the world’s waters are being impacted by human influences such as pollution, nutrient discharge and climate change.
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