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Ecosystem Restoration in the Lower Great Lakes (UE 141) - A discovery seminar

Instructors:
Alan Rabideau

Last Offered:
Spring 2009

Summary:
UB's Discovery Seminar Program offers a small class experience for students, providing them with the opportunity to engage with a distinguished faculty member in a congenial, academic setting. Seminars focus on current disciplinary or interdisciplinary topics in the faculty member's field. This program seeks to introduce students to the exciting intellectual atmosphere of UB, helping them to explore areas of interest and broaden their academic horizons. Intended for freshman and sophomores only. A maximum of 6 Discovery Seminar credit hours can apply toward graduation.

The restoration of damaged or degraded ecosystems is a critical national and international priority. Following successful federal efforts in the Florida Everglades and the Pacific Northwest, it is anticipated that the next national investment in large-scale restoration will focus on the Great Lakes. The team-taught seminar will provide a unique multi-disciplinary perspective on ecosystem restoration, including its philosophical foundations, scientific basis, engineering practice and political/cultural context

Spring 2009 Schedule


Date

Speaker

Topic

1/14

David Blersch, CSEE

Introduction

1/21

Alan Rabideau, CSEE

Overview of ecological restoration

1/28

Ken Shockley, Philosophy

Ethics of ecological restoration

2/4

Sean Bennett, Geography

River processes

2/11

Alan Rabideau, CSEE

Groundwater restoration

2/18

Helen Domske, New York Sea Grant

Great Lakes, invasive species

2/25

Maoyi Huang, CSEE

Climate change and hydrology

3/4

Alan Rabideau, CSEE

First paper due; Discussion of second paper topics

3/11

No class

Enjoy spring break!

3/18

David Blersch, CSEE

Ecological engineering

3/25

Helen Domske, New York Sea Grant

Invasive aquatic species

4/1

Laboratory tour: 217 Jarvis

Groundwater, ecological engineering

4/8

Howard Lasker, Ecology

Shifting (ecological) baselines

4/15

Mary Bisson, Biology

Phytoremediation

4/22

Alan Rabideau, CSEE

Wrap-up, final papers due



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