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Reflective Writing in response to Invasive Species Removal
Karen Harding, Pierce College at Puyallup
This activities provided reflective writing prompts to be used in conjunction with a service learning project in a science course (Restoration Ecology).
Bioregion Scale: Campus
Bioregion Topical Vocabulary: Ecosystem Health, Sustainability Concepts & Practices, Promising Pedagogies:Reflective & Contemplative Practice, Natural Resources, Human Impact & Footprint, Sense of Place, Promising Pedagogies:Civic Engagement & Service Learning, Cycles & Systems
How Many Plants Make a Future? The Carbon Dioxide Challenge
Rus Higley, Highline Community College Marine Science and Technology Center, Vanessa Hunt and Timothy Sorey, Central Washington University
This activity focuses on the role of photosynthesis in a sustainable future. Students explore the effect of photosynthesis and respiration in a 'closed systems' containing plankton, marine plants, and fish. By calculating carbon dioxide uptake and production in these systems, they predict a plant: animal ratio sufficient to maintain a system in carbon dioxide 'balance' for one hour.
Bioregion Topical Vocabulary: Climate Change, Sustainability Concepts & Practices, Ecosystem Health
Detox Me: How To Reduce Your Exposure To Toxins Found In Everyday Products
Surya Tewari, Bellevue Community College
I use the topic when I am discussing cancer in either nutrition or biology class. Talking about genetic and environmental factors that can increase the incidence of cancer, and the homework, helps students understand how adjusting their environment can help reduce their risk for developing cancer.
Bioregion Scale: Global, National/Continental
Bioregion Topical Vocabulary: Social & Environmental Justice, Ecosystem Health, Food Systems & Agriculture, Human Health & Wellbeing, Civil Society & Governance
Sustainable Public Health: Walkable Neighborhoods, Obesity and Diabetes in the Bioregion
Jean McFarland, Edmonds Community College
Students generate hypothesis regarding the causes and consequences of obesity. Based on these putative causes and consequences they propose sustainable solutions (e.g. walkable neighborhoods, community gardens, etc.) that would be appropriate for and effective in their bioregion.
Bioregion Scale: Local Community/Watershed
Bioregion Topical Vocabulary: Ecosystem Health, Human Health & Wellbeing, Lifestyles & Consumption, Sustainability Concepts & Practices
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 Scale: Campus, Local Community/Watershed
Bioregion Topical Vocabulary: Water & Watersheds, Ecosystem Health
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 Scale: Local Community/Watershed, Regional
Bioregion Topical Vocabulary: Human Health & Wellbeing, Water & Watersheds, Ecosystem Health
Climate Instability and Disease
Clarissa Dirks, The Evergreen State College
The module was designed to introduce students to a variety of biological processes of infectious disease that are connected through human activities and climate instability.
Bioregion Scale: Global
Bioregion Topical Vocabulary: Ecosystem Health, Lifestyles & Consumption, Human Health & Wellbeing, Cultures & Religions, Pollution & Waste, Human Impact & Footprint
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 Scale: Local Community/Watershed, Campus
Bioregion Topical Vocabulary: Water & Watersheds, Pollution & Waste, Human Impact & Footprint, Ecosystem Health, Sustainability Concepts & Practices
Skeleton Keys: Bonified Biology
J. Brian Hauge, Peninsula College
This series of exercises focuses on: the importance of observation in science; the proper use of scientific terminology and writing; the interrelationships between anatomy and position in a food web or energy pyramid; the biology of exotic species; toxins in the environment; animal use; and, the evolutionary significance of each of these topics.
Bioregion Topical Vocabulary: Food Systems & Agriculture, Pollution & Waste, Social & Environmental Justice, Ecosystem Health
Cascade Citizens Wildlife Monitoring Project
Thomas W. Murphy, Edmonds Community College
This multi-term assignment introduces students to local indigenous stories, significant plants and animals of our region and some basic skills in reading animal tracks and signs.
Bioregion Scale: Regional
Bioregion Topical Vocabulary: Social & Environmental Justice, Promising Pedagogies:Civic Engagement & Service Learning, Ecosystem Health