Amy M Lambert
Provides an experimental introduction to environmental science, education, and policy through an exploration of wetland ecosystems. Explores how humans interact with wetlands ecosystems. Stresses active learning in relation to the campus Wetlands.
WINTER 2013 WETLANDS DISCOVERY This course will serve as an introduction to hands-on environmental science in the campus wetlands for all UWB students. In addition, it will serve as an early introduction to the intersections among environmental science, education, and policy for students interested in pursuing interdisciplinary inquiry in various IAS majors (e.g., Environmental Science, Environmental Studies, and Science, Technology, and Society).
Student learning goals
Understand basic wetland science (hydrology, soils, biota) and be able to identify wetland ecosystems
Be able to identify and critically analyze human impacts on wetland ecosystems, how they are managed, and how approaches to restoration and management are linked to scientific and ethical concerns.
Learn basic environmental policy and regulations that apply to wetlands, including knowledge about how wetlands restoration projects are monitored in the field.
Develop the ability to take informed positions on wetland issues and to serve as formal or informal educators with regard to environmental concerns.
General method of instruction
Hands-on field experience and group projects will be the central focus of the course. Weekly readings will provide the basis for class discussion.
Students should have a strong interest in learning about the natural environment. Student will be better prepared if they have taken a course in environmental science and/or plant identification. Neither is required, and students should not be discouraged from participating if they lack these courses.
Class assignments and grading
Students will keep a field journal, and write a field trip report about each site visit to North Creek wetlands. Students will also participate in a group field project to identify and critically analyze human impacts on local wetland ecosystems.
Grades will be based on group discussions, field reports and participation in hands-on field projects.