UF Faculty Department College
, Marianne Schmink
Bette Loiselle
Center for Latin American Studies
Department of Wildlife Ecology and Conservation
Center for Latin American Studies
College of Agricultural and Life Sciences
Partner Faculty Department Partner Institution
UF Legacy in the Amazon
Project Description:

This interdisciplinary seminar provided an introduction to history, ecology, and current issues and dilemmas related to Amazonian conservation and development policies, with a special focus on UF’s historic legacy in research and capacity-building in the Amazon region.  UF alumni and partners in the field participated virtually in sessions to explore issues and controversies in which UF faculty have carried out important research related to the interaction of biodiversity, ecology, history, socioeconomics and politics in shaping conservation and development issues in the Amazon, and the evolution of thinking about history, ecology, and development policies.

Learning Outcomes:
  • Analyze the complexity and diversity of Amazonia and its importance in research and knowledge generation;
  • Understand the contributions of UF faculty, students and alumni to key issues in Amazonian conservation and development;
  • Write a research paper or proposal focused on a topic related to Amazon conservation and development;
  • Write a peer review of a research paper or proposal.
Participating Countries:
Number of Participants:
Wildlife Ecology and Conservation
UF Course Code & Name:
LAS 6290 , CN 17807 - UF Legacy in the Amazon,
Project Duration:
16 weeks
Activity Type(s):
Virtual Guest Speaker
Time allotted to each activity:
Synchronous Activities: 1 1/2 hours
Local group activities: 1 1/2 hours
Technology Tools:
Videoconference: Zoom
Learning Management Systems (LMS): Canvas
Sequence of Activities:

Housekeeping and announcements, followed by “on  stage” and “brief bios” (brief sharing by students), then guest lecture with questions and discussion, break with shared snack, then discussion of key comments from student on-line discussions, led by a student group, then small group in-class discussions or exercises focused on key concepts or issues.