Art by @Mangle_Blanco 

Context & objectives 


Urban expansion is acknowledged as a major challenge to global sustainability and this has sparked a growing commitment to the study of urban ecology. Tropical and coastal areas and the associated ecosystems will experience some of the greatest urbanization rates over the next decades, which represent a major challenge for the management of mangrove ecosystems and their services. While remarkable progress has been made in understanding the impact of urban development on ecosystem functions in terrestrial systems, the interactions and feedbacks between human processes and ecosystem dynamics and services in coastal settings is poorly understood. This course aims to provide methodological approaches that bridge this gap using mangrove forests in Puerto Rico, Colombia, Kenya, Sri Lanka and Malaysia as study models and is envisioned as a tool to support the United Nations Decade on Ecosystem Restoration (2021-2030) strategy regarding the restoration of degraded mangrove ecosystems worldwide.


  • Farid Dahdouh-Guebas, Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB), Belgium
  • José M. Riascos – Universidad de Antioquia, Sede Ciencias del Mar, Colombia
  • Benjamin Branoff – Environmental Protection Agency, United States
  • Juan Blanco-Libreros – Universidad de Antioquia, Instituto de Biología, Colombia


Registration fees

  • Students from host universities: $100.000 COP (~28 USD)
  • Students from other universities: $200.000 COP (~56 USD)
  • Employed people: $300.000 COP (~84 USD)
  • TROPIMUNDO students: Free registration

The British Ecological Society is supporting this course by offering registration fee waivers for students experiencing financial limitations. To request a fee waiver, send i) a letter explaining how the course will contribute to your academic development, ii) an official document of your grade point average and a letter of support by your supervisor (if available). Requests should be sent to


Course outline and schedule (GMT-05 time zone)

  • Assessing social–ecological spatial characteristics in urban mangroves (B. Branoff) Tue. 15 June 09:00-12:00
  • Studying biological responses to urbanization (J.M. Riascos). Wed. 16 June 09:00-12:00
  • Assessing changes in mangrove forest structure related to urbanization (Blanco-Libreros). Thu. 17 June 09:00-12:00
  • Integrated case-studies linking urban mangroves to ecosystem functions, goods and services (Farid Dahdouh-Guebas). Fri. 18 June 09:00-12:00





B.Sc. in biology & environmental sciences



Tue. 15 Jun – Fri. 18 Jun 2021 (3 h per day; 12 h in total)

Taller Internacional de los Océanos 2021

                                                                                            Voces y Liderazgos: Comunidad y Academia por los Océanos