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December 2007 

December 8-9, 2007  

The University of Miami's Leonard and Jayne Abess Center for Ecosystem Science and Policy Will Host Conference on Ecosystem Restoration

On Friday and Saturday, December 8-9, 2007, The University of Miami's Leonard and Jayne Abess Center for Ecosystem Science and Policy (the Abess Center) will host a conference titled: Measuring Success: Ecosystem Restoration in the 21st Century. Experts from around the country involved in large-scale ecosystem restoration efforts will gather to discuss topics of shared interest. Participants include representatives from restoration initiatives such as the Everglades, Chesapeake Bay, Great Lakes, Mississippi/Gulf Coast, Missouri River Basin, Puget Sound, and California Bay-Delta.

The conference will be held at the University of Miami School of Communication's new International Building, lecture room 2055. The sessions will explore common issues, challenges, and lessons learned. Presenters will also examine the principal federal funding mechanisms and programs that are available to support these initiatives. Speakers with experience on Capitol Hill and both the state and federal executive branches will provide their views and advice on ways in which the government at both levels might sustain ecosystem restoration projects. Conference participants will be able to see and gain knowledge on the South Florida/Everglades ecosystem restoration effort.

UM Law School Professor Mary Doyle, Co-Director of the Abess Center and a conference organizer, will give the Welcome Remarks on Thursday evening and will participate in a panel on Saturday, December 8th. To view the Conference schedule, click below [pdf file]:      

Conference sessions are open to members of the Law School community, but seating is limited. For more information, please call 305-284-8259 or email Andee Cohen at  

Conference web page with links to presentations and bios.                             

Previous Events

October 2005  

October 27, 2005   

Former U.S. Secretary of the Interior to Speak at UM  
Center for Ecosystem Science and Policy invites you to attend a reading featuring Bruce Babbitt, discussing his new book, Cities in the Wilderness.    

Coral Gables, Florida

University of Miami 
Storer Auditorium - School of Business  
5:00 p.m. 

Secretary Babbitt's talk will be followed by a Q&A session and book signing. CESP will sponsor Secretary Babbitt's visit in cooperation with Books & Books of Coral Gables. 

Event is free and open to the public.  For more information, please call (305) 284.8259.     

Bruce Babbitt   

Currently practicing law in Washington, D.C., Bruce Babbitt served as U.S. Secretary of the
Interior from 1993 to 2001, as Governor of Arizona from 1978 to 1987, and as Attorney
General of Arizona from 1975 to 1978. He is the author of Cities in the Wilderness: A
New Vision of Land Use in America (Island Press, $25.95), a brilliant and gracefully written
important book that brings fresh thought to questions of how we can build a future we
want to live in. A key architect of many environmental success stories, including the
Florida Everglades restoration project, Babbitt reveals how broad restoration projects have
thrived through federal-state partnerships and how their principles can be extended to
other parts of the country. This will be a fascinating and especially relevant discussion in
the aftermath of Katrina's destruction of the City of New Orleans.


More information on Cities in the Wilderness -

Click here for Flyer.  ** PDF 

Center for Ecosystem Science and Policy 


December 2004 

December 06-10, 2004

First National Conference on Ecosystem Restoration
Sustainable Ecosystem Restoration Through Integration of Science, Planning and Policy

Lake Buena Vista, Florida

This First National Conference on Ecosystem Restoration (NCER) will enable national and international information exchange on many issues involved in landscape-scale ecosystem restoration. NCER will be held December 6-10, 2004 in Orlando, Florida at the Wyndham
Palace, which provides a centralized setting and more than 200,000 square feet of meeting space to comfortably accommodate our educational sessions, workshops, poster displays and exhibits. Despite the fact it is high season in Florida, the hotel has agreed to extend a very special rate within the confines of federal per diem.
Mark your calendar and make plans to attend this first-time national event focusing on ecosystem restoration efforts throughout the country. Join your fellow scientists, educators, and restoration planners, managers and
decision-makers to discuss similarities and differences and successes and failures of ecosystem restoration programs throughout the country.  Read more


October 2004

Politics of the Environment Lecture Series

October 7 through October 28, 2004
2 p.m.
Flamingo Ballroom, University Center (Casa Bacardi, UM campus, for October 28)

The University of Miami's Center for Ecosystem Science & Policy will convene a series of lectures on environmental policy surrounding the presidential debate. Politics of the Environment will bring to campus a distinguished group of current and former federal environmental policy-makers to discuss environmental policy issues from drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to protecting the health of our coral reef ecosystems. Guests will speak directly with voters on each candidate's environmental policies, their current record for protecting the environment, and future issues affecting the environment. For more information, call 305-284-8259 or e-mail lecture series is free and open to the public.  

More information at: 

•  October 28, 2004

Boyden Gray, partner at WIlmer, Cutler, Pickering, Hale & Dorr, LLP, in Washington, D.C., served as Counsel to President George H.W. Bush for four years.

•  October 21, 2004

J. Allison DeFoor II, General Counsel of Tidewater Consulting, Inc., of Tallahassee and is Counsel to Hershoff, Lupino & Mulick in the Florida Keys and was most recently the Everglades Policy Coordinator for Governor Jeb Bush

•  October 14, 2004

David J. Hayes is the Global Chair of the Environment, Land & Resources Department at Latham & Watkins, a department comprised of nearly 100 lawyers who work on environmental, energy and resources matters throughout the United States and in the firm’s overseas offices. 

Mr. Hayes is resident in the Latham & Watkins’ Washington, D.C. office, where his practice focuses on counseling, litigation and transactions involving environmental, energy and natural resources matters.  Mr. Hayes has practiced in the field for more than twenty years, combining an extensive background in EPA-related regulatory matters (contaminated sites, chemical regulation, air and water pollution issues) with natural resource-related matters (water rights and allocation, endangered species act implementation, energy project permitting, land conservation projects, and Indian-related matters).
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