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Students celebrate World Wetlands Day in the Everglades


First-year students in professors Royal Gardner and Lance Long’s Legal Research and Writing class had an opportunity to study environmental issues up close during a recent trip to the Florida Everglades.

Students in professors Lance Long and Royal Gardner's class visit the Everglades.

Students Alex Nicodemi, Beach Brooks, Tommy Mingledorff, Andrew Long and Professor Royal Gardner visit the Everglades. Photo courtesy Kayli Keough.

Students camped and hiked through Big Cypress National Preserve in the Western Everglades.

The trip coincided with World Wetlands Day, held annually on Feb. 2, which celebrates the signing of the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands. Professor Gardner, who directs Stetson’s Institute for Biodiversity Law & Policy, is chair of the Ramsar Scientific and Technical Review Panel.

In 2010, Stetson University College of Law became the first law school in the world to sign a memorandum of cooperation with the Ramsar Secretariat, to assist the international group in protecting wetlands. Stetson Law alumni and the National Audubon Society worked together on the application for the Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary in the Naples area to be designated as a Wetland of International Importance in 2009. Last year, Stetson Law 2012 graduate Marcela Bonells was appointed technical officer with the Ramsar Convention’s Secretariat in Switzerland.

To learn more about researching environmental issues at Stetson, visit the Institute for Biodiversity Law & Policy. >>Watch a short video about environmental advocacy with students and professors here.