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Dylan Fischer, Carri LeRoy, Abir Biswas, Erik Thuesen and Alison Styring
Signature Required: Fall Winter Spring
|Program||JR–SRJunior–Senior||V||V||Day||F 15 Fall||W 16Winter||S 16Spring||Rigorous quantitative and qualitative research is an important component of academic learning in Environmental Studies. This independent learning opportunity is designed to allow advanced students to delve into real-world research with faculty who are currently engaged in specific projects. The program will help students develop vital skills in research design, data acquisition and interpretation, written and oral communication, collaboration, and critical thinking skills—all of which are of particular value for students who are pursuing a graduate degree, as well as for graduates who are already in the job market. studies nutrient and toxic trace metal cycles in terrestrial and coastal ecosystems. Potential projects could include studies of mineral weathering, wildfires, and mercury cycling in ecosystems. Students could pursue these interests at the laboratory scale or through field-scale biogeochemistry studies, taking advantage of the Evergreen Ecological Observation Network (EEON), a long-term ecological study area. Students with backgrounds in a combination of geology, biology, or chemistry could gain skills in soil, vegetation, and water collection and learn methods of sample preparation and analysis for major and trace elements. studies plant ecosystem ecology, carbon dynamics, and nutrient cycling in forests of the Southwest and western Washington. This work includes image analysis of tree roots, molecular genetics, plant physiology, carbon balance, nitrogen cycling, species interactions, community analysis, and restoration ecology. He also manages the EEON project ( ). See more about his lab's work at: . Students participating in this program work closely with ongoing research in the lab, participate in weekly lab meetings, and develop their own research projects. conducts research on linkages between terrestrial and aquatic environments. She is trained as a freshwater ecologist and primarily studies in-stream ecosystem processes and aquatic communities. She and her students study leaf litter decomposition in streams as a major input of organic material to aquatic systems. In addition, she conducts research on aquatic macroinvertebrate community structure, aquatic fungal biomass and standard water quality and hydrology measurements in stream and river environments. studies birds. Current activity in her lab includes avian bioacoustics and avian monitoring and research in Evergreen’s campus forest and other nearby locations. Bioacoustic research includes field monitoring of local birds using audio recordings and microphone arrays, and editing and identifying avian songs and calls from an extensive collection of sounds from the campus forest as well as tropical forest sites in Borneo. Local research projects in the campus forest and nearby locations include Pacific wren mating and life-history strategy, cavity formation and use by cavity-nesting birds (and other cavity-dependent species), and monitoring long-term trends in bird populations and communities using a variety of standard approaches. conducts research on the ecological physiology of marine animals. He and his students are currently investigating the physiological, behavioral, and biochemical adaptations of gelatinous zooplankton to environmental stress and climate change. Other research is focused on the biodiversity of marine zooplankton. Students working in his lab typically have backgrounds in different aspects of marine science, ecology, physiology, and biochemistry.||Dylan Fischer Carri LeRoy Abir Biswas Erik Thuesen Alison Styring||Junior JR Senior SR||Fall||Fall Winter Spring|
|Program||FR–SRFreshmen–Senior||16||16||Day||F 15 Fall||W 16Winter||How do we make health a public priority? How do we respond to potential hazards? This introductory program considers problems related to public and environmental health in a broader context of the key frameworks of population, consumption and sustainability. We will explore the broad conditions that shape environmental health, both for humans and for ecosystems. Examining the workings of non-governmental organizations, we will be moving across and between questions of science, public policy (from municipal to international) and social justice. The program goal is to understand emerging strategies and solutions for ecological sustainability - from regional monitoring to UN negotiations. We will examine models, evidence and debates about the sources, causal connections and impacts of environmental hazards. We will be learning about existing and emergent regulatory science in conjunction with evolving systems of law, and a broad array of community responses.In the fall, we will dedicate ourselves to bridging scientific, policy and social perspectives by means of lecture, seminar, workshops and field trips. In the winter, students will engage in small group, quarter-long research projects on a topical issue to further investigate the chemical, biologic and physical risks of modern life, with an emphasis on industrial pollutants. Throughout the program, students will engage in a range of learning approaches, including computer-based collaboration with regional experts, officials and activists.||Cheri Lucas-Jennings||Tue Wed Fri||Freshmen FR Sophomore SO Junior JR Senior SR||Fall||Fall Winter|