Tropical Plant Ecology and Urban Systems Laboratory

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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.
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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).


(This webpage was built by the PhD graduate student: Stephanie Feliciano Cardona, MS)