Sharon L Doty
Critical evaluation and discussion of published research in the broad field of forest resources. Topics and requirements vary. Offered: AWSp.
Current Topics in Phytoremediation In this course, we will first have an overview of phytoremediation, the use of plants to solve environmental pollution problems. The rest of the meeting times will be presentations of current papers by the students followed by class discussion.
Topics to be addressed may include the use of plants to attempt to restore the lands mined for oil sands in Alberta, the use of microbial partnerships with plants to aid in remediation of pollutants, the latest in plant biotechnological methods for improving plant degradation of pollutants, phytomining to extract metals from mine tailings, riparian plantings to protect streams from agricultural chemicals, restoration of brownfields (industrial wastelands), and native plants for removing radionuclides at Hanford nuclear facility.
Student learning goals
Learn some of the current opportunities and challenges in treating environmental pollution using plants.
Learn how to critique scientific papers, assessing if proper controls were done and if the claims are justified.
Gain experience in class presentations.
General method of instruction
Class assignments and grading
2 graded credits based on the student presentation of a paper (this can be a group presentation if desired), two short writing assignments that summarize the papers presented in the first and second halves of the course, and overall class participation in discussions.