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Tropical Plant Ecology and Urban Systems Laboratory

Our Mission

  • Contribute to the advancement of scientific knowledge and the training of students on three core areas: Plant Ecology, Biodiversity and Function of Urban Social-Ecological Systems.
  • Facilitate the transfer scientific information to forms where they can be used by policy makers and the general public.
  • Serve as educators and help improve local and global environmental literacy.


About of Dr. Elvia Melendez-Ackerman

Academic Background:

  • BSc: Biology University of Puerto Rico at Rio Piedras
  • MS: Biology University of Puerto Rico at Rio Piedras
  • PhD: Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of California Irvine 1995.

Curriculum Vitae: E.Melendez-Ackerman- CV

Courses Taught: 1996-Present

Undergraduate: Undergraduate Research (Biol 4990),  Lecture and Coordination of Botany Laboratories (Biol 3014; 3014L), Botany (Biol. 3014), Lecture and Coordination Ecology Labs (Biol 3111; Biol 3012), Coordinator Biology Tutoring (Biol 4980), Introduction to Environmental Sciences (CIAM 3005), Plant Taxonomy (UPR-Humacao), iTree and Forest Health (CIAM 4997),  CIAM 4997-011 (Proposal), CIAM 4997-013 (Bsc Thesis), CIAM 4995 (Use of Unmanned Aircraft Systems in Natural Resource Management).

Graduate: Graduate Rotation (Biol 8700), Problems in Biology (6855) Coordinator and part-time lecturer of GIS course in Collaboration with CRC-Smithsonian (not for credit), Bioconservation.(Biol 6145) Ecology, (Biol 6007- Graduate Seminar in Zoology theme – Evolution (Biol 6996), Plant Reproductive Ecology (Biol 6007), Undersdtandind the vulnerability and and sustainability of urban social-ecological systems (CINA 4995 y) PRGH ). ULTRA Social Ecological Systems Seminar (CIAM 8901), Use of Unmanned Aircraft Systems in Natural Resource Management (CIAM 8901).