University of Florida


EVR 3323 Introduction to Ecosystem Restoration

Offered Spring Semester

This course is an introduction to habitat restoration with a focus on Florida and the Southeastern coastal plain. Students will develop an applicable understanding of restoration theory and planning, disturbed land reclamation, wetland and river restoration, invasive species control, community involvement in the restoration process, and related topics. Throughout the course, students will become familiar with the latest research on native plant selection, establishment, and maintenance for restoration purposes. HOS 6932 (temporary course #), Advanced Ecosystem Restoration is offerred concurrently with EVR 3323.

Restoration Horticulture Track

This track trains students in conservation and restoration applications of environmental horticulture in order to accommodate a growing interest in undergraduate education and the demands of the job market in Florida and beyond.

Online Professional Graduate Degree Program in Ecological Restoration

A team of faculty from UF, Florida A&M, and Alabama A&M have partnered under the USDA Challenge Grant Program to develop a curriculum in ecological restoration. Dr. Adams has developed two courses to support this program:

  • FOR 5157: Principles of Ecosystem Restoration   Syllabus
  • Biophysical and socioeconomic theories and principles that help restore functional ecosystems, evaluation andmonitoring protocols, virtual tours of successful restoration projects, ecological and sociological principles being utilized, interviews with professionals, managers, local citizens and scientists, and a project in which students interact with local restoration project personnel will complement online lectures and chat rooms.

  • Plant Materials for Restoration and Conservation - Syllabus
  • Proper plant selection, propagation, production, and establishment of native species crucial for ecosystem recovery and efficient use of sparse restoration funds; species and genotype identification; propagation and production of native species; and biological mechanisms behind efficient establishment methods for native species.

    Student field work
    Students engaged in field work as part of the undergraduate course.

    Dr. Adams lecturing in field
    Dr. Adams lecturing in the field.