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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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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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

Jill Ulrich

Jill Ulrich

Jill Ulrich received a B.A. in International Studies from UM and is returning from a year in Germany as a Fulbright Fellow. Her research focuses on…

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News & Events

ECS Ph.D. student Julia Wester a 1st place winner at NSF STEM conference Read more…


anthropoScene: Arts and Nature in a Manufactured Era ~ March 4 Read more…


SEEDS-Abess Workshop ~ Environmental Science and Policy Beyond the Academy ~ Feb. 27 Read more…


Glacial melt and PTSD in children Read more…

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Contact Us

To contact the Abess Center, visit our contact page.

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