The Environmental Cooperative Science Center was established in 2001 at FAMU through a competitively awarded cooperative agreement from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and a new five-year award was made to the team led by FAMU in 2006 and again in 2011. Through these grants, the center has increased the number of scientists, particularly from under-represented minority groups in the environmental, coastal, and oceanic sciences.
The center focuses on
- Increasing the number of well trained and highly qualified scientists and managers, particularly from under-represented minority groups entering the NOAA and NOAA-related workforce;
- Enhancing the scientific understanding of how people interact with the coastal environment as it relates to the response of coastal and marine ecosystems to natural and human induced stressors;
- Improving the scientific bases for coastal resource management to develop tools and research products to characterize, evaluate, and forecast coastal and marine ecosystem responses to natural and human induced stressors; and
- Facilitating community education and outreach related to the function and relevance of coastal ecosystems and the services they provide to society.
- Learn more about FAMU's ECSC at http://www.ecsc.famu.edu