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An Assessment of Riparian Vegetation in a Human-Influenced Landscape
Lisa Carlson, Centralia College
Given that humans historically have heavily used rivers and the lands along them for agriculture, transportation and other activities, how does human impact currently affect riparian ecosystems in a rural region? Students will address this question through several activities.

Bioregion Discipline: Environmental Studies, Biology
Bioregion Scale: Local Community/Watershed, Campus
Bioregion Topical Vocabulary: Ecosystem Health, Water & Watersheds

Catching Cheaters: Using Salmon Phylogenetic Analysis to Identify Atlantic Salmon Mislabeled in Local Stores as Pacific Salmon
Erica Cline, University of Washington Tacoma
Students use phylogenetic analysis to identify farmed Atlantic salmon mislabeled as wild Pacific salmon by local stores and suppliers. This project allows students to apply molecular methods such as polymerase chain reaction (PCR) and DNA sequencing to a real- world issue.

Bioregion Discipline: Biology, Environmental Studies
Bioregion Scale: Regional, Local Community/Watershed
Bioregion Topical Vocabulary: Human Heath & Wellbeing, Ecosystem Health, Water & Watersheds

Is The Water Safe for Aquatic Life?
Sue Habeck, Tacoma Community College
In this field activity students ponder sustainability issues such as point and non-point sources of pollution (including personal contributions), impacts of pollution, and potential mitigations.

Bioregion Discipline: Biology, Chemistry
Bioregion Scale: Campus, Local Community/Watershed
Bioregion Topical Vocabulary: Water & Watersheds, Human Impact & Footprint, Pollution & Waste, Ecosystem Health, Sustainability Concepts & Practices

State of Your Own Backyard
Ardi Kveven, Ocean Research College Academy at Everett Community College
Students evaluate water quality data as indicators of the health of an ecosystem and manage, graph and analyze data from an online database. This activity is designed to facilitate student interest in their ecosystem, focusing on where they live.

Bioregion Discipline: Biology
Bioregion Scale: Home/Backyard, Local Community/Watershed
Bioregion Topical Vocabulary: Ecosystem Health, Pollution & Waste, Water & Watersheds, Sense of Place

Gasping for Breath in Hood Canal: Exploring the Dissolved Oxygen Crisis
Ann J. Murkowski, North Seattle Community College
Students work collaboratively in groups to apply their understanding of photosynthesis, respiration, and nutrient cycling to develop hypotheses to explain an acute low oxygen event that occurred in Hood Canal.

Bioregion Discipline: Biology, Environmental Studies
Bioregion Scale: Regional
Bioregion Topical Vocabulary: Ecosystem Health, Water & Watersheds

Sound Science
Peg Balachowski and Pamela Pape-Lindstrom, Everett Community College
An activity for a math/biology linked learning community in which students will collect, organize and analyze data related to the health of Puget Sound; experience the design of experiments in the sciences; apply mathematics to real biological issues that affect their lives; and develop an awareness of the personal and professional usefulness of mathematics, biology and modeling. Statistic students will act as consultants to the biology students and Biology students will in turn act as software analysts to help analyze trends as models are created.

Bioregion Discipline: Mathematics, Biology
Bioregion Topical Vocabulary: Water & Watersheds, Promising Pedagogies:Learning Communities

Evergreen State College