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2014 Summer Academy Courses

Systems Dynamics Modeling for Complex Environmental Problems
Instructor: Elizabeth Allen, Ph.D. Candidate, Washington State University

Course # NRS 250 F1 | July 21-25, 2014 | Max 15 students

Students will learn about the important role models play in understanding the environment and making policy decisions. They will get hands-on experience building system dynamics models of integrated systems and will explore how collaborative modeling might be used to support a decision-making process among stakeholders with diverse interests.

Prerequisites: Introduction to Environmental Science, sophomore+ standing

Student-provided materials: Textbook: Thinking in systems. Meadows, D. (2008). D. Wright (Ed.). Chelsea Green Publishing; laptop computer (students will work in groups of 2 or 3, so it is not essential that everyone brings a laptop, but at least 5 will be needed for the modeling exercises)



Part I: Functional Assessment of Wetland Food Web Support: Patterns in Primary and Secondary Production
Instructor: R. J. Garono, Ph.D.; University of Minnesota

Course # NRS 350 F1 | August 6-10, 2014 | Max 20 students

In this course, students will sample Lake Superior and inland lake emergent/submergent plant communities and the insect assemblages that those communities support. Students will compare multiple survey and collection techniques, construct and analyze data sets, and calculate and compare diversity indices. Students will compare community classification techniques to determine if wetland plant communities support characteristic invertebrate assemblages.

Prerequisites: Introduction to Environmental Science, sophomore+ standing

Student-provided materials: Field notebook, boots or waders, appropriate field clothing, hat, hand lens



Lake Ecosystem Ecology: Biological and Hydrologic Sustainability of Lake Ecosystems
Instructor: R. Kiesling, Ph.D., USGS; R. J. Garono, Ph.D., University of Minnesota

Course #: NRS 250 F2 | August 11-15, 2014 | Max 12 students

The course will introduce students to the study of lakes as sentinel systems capable of tracking these types of environmental change along natural and human-produced gradients. Students will participate in the field collection and analysis of data from coastal Lake Superior, Lake Namekagon and other Chequamegon and Nicolet National Forest lakes as they help establish and maintain a regional network of sentinel lakes of climate change.

Prerequisites: Required: Algebra, Introductory Chemistry, Introductory Biology. Suggested: Ecology; Experience with EXCEL sprreadsheets

Student-provided materials: Textbook: Lake Ecosystem Ecology: A Global Perspective; G. E. Likens; $47.25 on Google play; Appropriate field clothes; laptop computer optional (two laptops will be available for group use)



Engaging Students through Inquiry Science in an Outdoor Classroom
Instructor: B. Gienger, M.S.T., Assistant Director of Teacher Education, 3 Sigma Institute.

Course # EDU 350 F1 | August 9-13, 2014 | Max 20 students

This course consists of two modules, a 2-day and a 3-day module. Students can also signup for all 5 days. In this course, educators will work with our lead and each other to enrich their science curricula. Much of the workshop will involve authentic, hands-on science experiences with follow up discussions to facilitate knowledge transfer and help participants incorporate the scientific method into their classrooms. Topics will include: Climate Change, Invasive Species, Water Quality, and Coastal Land Margin Ecosystems.


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