Coastal Zone Management Degree Track

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Master of Professional Science

Over half of the world’s population resides in growing coastal areas. These areas are major economic engines, supporting port and shipping, tourism, fisheries, aquaculture, and oil and gas mining activities. The coastal zone — comprised of nearshore waters and lands — represents some of the most fragile habitats on the planet. Balancing economic activities with sensitive habitats and high population density is a major challenge that resource managers face in the 21st Century. Similarly, adaptation to climate change, sea level rise, coastal erosion, and hurricanes pose additional challenges for coastal managers. The track in Coastal Zone Management will introduce participants to the legal and governance frameworks in this increasingly important discipline. Coursework will integrate topics such as coastal fisheries management, marine protected areas, port management, tourism development, environmental impact assessment, and oil exploration. Students will have opportunities to engage in internships with private, public or non-governmental agencies (NGO’s) and conduct relevant fieldwork. Additional internship possibilities also exist with environmental advocacy groups and consulting firms. This track is part of the Marine Ecosystems and Society Department at RSMAS, which has long-established links and study sites in Panamá (among other countries), where students receive hands-on experience and work directly on coastal zone management issues.

 

There is no specific coursework required in this track. Curriculum will be decided on a case-by-case basis during academic advising. However, students select from a variety of multidisciplinary courses across many departments and schools at RSMAS/UM, in a holistic effort to meet their personal and professional goals.

 

This track in Coastal Management will introduce participants to the legal and governance frameworks in this unique and fragile coastal area. Students will also have the opportunity to select a specialty in an area that links to coastal management, such as fisheries, marine protected areas, port management, aquaculture, or oil exploration. They will also have an opportunity to engage in an internship experience and fieldwork with international, national, state, or local coastal management government institutions, depending on their personal interest. Other internship possibilities also exist with environmental advocacy groups and consulting firms. The program also has long-established links and study experiences in coastal management in Panamá, among other countries.

Coastal Zone Management (CZM)

Students will be introduced to the legal and governance frameworks on topics such as coastal fisheries management, marine protected areas, port management, tourism development, environmental impact assessment, and oil exploration.


Maria Estevanez

Coastal Zone Management, JD/MPS Track, & Marine Conservation

mestevanez@rsmas.miami.edu

(305) 421-4012
Ms. Estevanez has been conducting research on marine resource allocation policy. She has done several studies on recreational boating as they relate to environmental issues and marine policy. She uses computer-based geographic information systems in her research.

Course List

Code Title Credit Hours
Courses for this program are selected on a case by case basis during academic advisement. 30
Potential Courses
MES 601 Political Ecology of Marine Management
MES 602 Economics of Natural Resources
MES 604
Fieldwork in Coastal Management: Tourism, Conservation, and Development
MES 606 Advanced Fieldwork in Coastal Cultures
MES 610
Environmental Planning and the Environmental Impact Statement
MES 612 Aquaculture I
MES 613 Aquaculture II Lab
MES 619 Aquaculture III
MES 618 Coastal Zone Management
MES 620 Environmental Law
MES 625 Fisheries Socioeconomics and Management
MES 626 Submerged Cultural Resource Management
MES 630 Port Operations and Policy
MES 660
& MES 661
Introduction to Marine Geographic Information Systems
and Introduction to Marine Geographic Information Systems - Laboratory
MES 662
Spatial Analysis: Intermediate Course in Marine GIS
MES 671
Marine Conservation Biology: An Ecosystem-Based Paradigm
MES 616 Ocean Policy and Development and Analysis
MES 617
Legal Environment And Business Planning In Aquaculture
MES 664 Citizen & Participatory Science
MES 670
Conservation and Management of Marine Mammals
MES 608 Biometrics in Marine Science
MES 673 Marine Conservation Outreach
MES 677
Management And Conservation Of Marine Ecosystems
MES 710 International Ocean Law And Governance
MBE 615 Tropical Marine Ecology
MBE 618 Reef Coral Biology, Ecology, and Conservation
MBE 621
Field Techniques and Instrumentation in Tropical Marine Ecology
RSM 612 Statistics for Environmental Management
RSM 667 Motorboat Operator Certificate Course
RSM 600 Research Diving Techniques
RSM 620 Climate and Society
MES 805 MPS Internship (* Required)
Total Credit Hours 30

 

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