The Environmental Sciences Laboratory (ESL) at the Biosciences and Biotechnology Center and Anthropic Space Studies Laboratory (ASSL) at the Human Sciences Center is part of the Universidade Estadual do Norte Fluminense (UENF), a public institution established in 1993. UENF is committed to providing its students with an educational experience conducive to learning, persistence and academic success, especially in Environmental and Marine Sciences. The institution has 300 teachers, 700 technicians and 6500 students distributed across16 undergraduate courses and 14 graduate courses.
The ESL and ASSL faculties focus on several themes of environmental sciences, including animal and plant ecology, chemical and biological oceanography, human and physical geography, biogeochemistry, environmental conservation, public policy, land use conflicts, and environmental modeling and planning.
Building on a workshop held by the National Institute of Science Technology (INCT) at Fortaleza, Ceará, Brazil in 2011, where LOICZ’s Dr. Hartwig Kremer evaluated the project “Transfer Material on Interface Continent – Ocean” funded by the Brazilian National Council of Science and Technological Development (CNPq), Prof. Luiz Drude de Lacerda, the principal investigator of the project and LOICZ member, was invited to create a LOICZ Regional Node.
During the meeting in Fortaleza, the research team of the INCT TMOcean decided that Dr. Carlos Eduardo Rezende and Dr. Marcos A. Pedlowski should serve as the coordinator and vice-coordinator of the Regional Node. Since then, the Node has worked to integrate research groups from across South America, including Brazil, Argentina and Uruguay.
In 2016, Carlos Rezende and Marcos Pedlowski were present at the II Ibero American Congress for the Integrated Management of Coastal Areas held in the capital city of Florianópolis that has resulted in a further contacts with an extended community of scholars involved in research projects focused on integrated coastal management.