FIU Presents Agroecology Symposium

The Department of Earth and Environment at Florida International University presents the 4th Annual Agroecology Symposium on Tuesday, February 9, 2010 at 9 am in the MARC Pavilion on FIU’s Modesto A. Maidique Campus. The event runs from 9 am to 4:30 pm and is free and open to the public. The highlight of this year's symposium is a panel discussion on urban agriculture in South Florida, followed by poster presentations, lunch (RSVP required), and oral presentations.


9:00 am: Registration

9:30 am -11:00 am: Panel Discussion
“Urban Agriculture in South Florida: Challenges and Opportunities”


  • Mr. Charles LaPradd, Agricultural Manager, Miami-Dade County County Executive Office, Miami
  • Dr. Marvin Dunn, Executive Director Roots in the City, Inc., Maimi
  • Miss Gabriele Marewski, Owner, Paradise Farm Organics, Miami


  • Dr. Stewart Reed, Research Agronomist, USDA/ARS

11:15 am - 12:15: pm Poster Presentations
“Agriculture and Natural Resources Management: Case Studies from the US and Around the World”


  • Dr. Jeffrey Onsted, Assistant Professor, FIU Department of Earth & Environment

12:15 pm - 1:30 pm: Lunch (RSVP required)

1:30 pm - 4:30 pm: Student Oral Presentations

  • Urban and Local Agriculture
  • Organic Food Production
  • Biofuel Production,
  • Agroforestry

For more information or to RSVP, please send an email to or call Dr. Mahadev Bhat (305) 348-1210 or Dr. Krish (Jay) Jayachandran (305) 348-6553.

This program is made possible with the funding support of:

  • USDA NIFA Hispanic Serving Institutions Grant
  • USDA NIFA Multicultural Scholars Grant
  • USDA NIFA International Science Education Grant