Biodiversity-Environmental Law Courses
Ecosystem Banking Workshop
In this voluntary enrichment program, students learn about market-based approaches to restoring wetlands, conserving endangered species habitat, improving water quality, and reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Students prepare case studies on a specific bank and interview representatives from the regulatory agencies, the bank sponsor, environmental groups, and other stakeholders. The workshop is designed to serve as a feeder program for internships with regulatory agencies, mitigation companies, and environmental groups.
Environmental Law Internship
Students work on environmental and land use issues under the direct supervision of government and NGO attorneys. Placements include the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the Hillsborough County Environmental Protection Commission, and The Ocean Conservancy.
Environmental Law Seminar -- Natural Resources
This seminar addresses the law of natural resources -- wildlife, animals, parks, wilderness, water rights, oceans, timber, and minerals. Because these resources cannot, for the most part, be created by human effort, they pose special challenges for law. As students research and write a paper on a topic of their choosing, they read and discuss in the seminar some thought-provoking articles and essays on natural resource management and regulation.
International Environmental Law
This course is an introduction to international legal principles and the application of those principles to specific global environmental problems. The course focuses on current issues in international environmental law, such as ocean resources, stratospheric ozone depletion, global climate change, nuclear energy and weapons, biodiversity protection, and the environmental effects of trade agreements.
Wetland Law and Policy Seminar
This interdisciplinary seminar examines wetland issues from both the scientific and legal perspective. The scientific portion of the seminar, which will be taught by Dr. Melanie Riedinger-Whitmore, an aquatic biology professor at the University of South Florida, will introduce students to different types of wetlands, their functions and values, and delineation issues. The legal and policy portion of the seminar will focus on the history of wetland regulation, the permit process, mitigation banking, enforcement, and regulatory takings.