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

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 Discipline: Biology, Chemistry, Interdisciplinary Studies
Bioregion Scale: Global
Bioregion Topical Vocabulary: Human Impact & Footprint, Pollution & Waste, Ecosystem Health, Cultures & Religions, Lifestyles & Consumption, Human Health & Wellbeing

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

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 Discipline: Environmental Studies, Biology
Bioregion Topical Vocabulary: Food Systems & Agriculture, Social & Environmental Justice, Ecosystem Health, Pollution & Waste

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, Sense of Place, Water & Watersheds

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: Water & Watersheds, Ecosystem Health

What is Local?
William R. Teska, Pacific Lutheran University
Through a hands-on examination of a nature preserve/park in a nearby urban setting and with classroom discussions and activities, students become aware that individuals are affected differently by the preservation of nature or by development of natural resources.

Bioregion Discipline: Biology, Environmental Studies
Bioregion Scale: Local Community/Watershed
Bioregion Topical Vocabulary: Social & Environmental Justice, Human Health & Wellbeing, Natural Resources, Sense of Place

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 Discipline: Biology, Geoscience, Interdisciplinary Studies, Environmental Studies
Bioregion Scale: Campus
Bioregion Topical Vocabulary: Natural Resources, Promising Pedagogies:Reflective & Contemplative Practice, Sustainability Concepts & Practices, Sense of Place, Promising Pedagogies:Civic Engagement & Service Learning, Cycles & Systems, Human Impact & Footprint, Ecosystem Health

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 Discipline: Biology
Bioregion Scale: Local Community/Watershed
Bioregion Topical Vocabulary: Ecosystem Health, Human Health & Wellbeing, Lifestyles & Consumption, Sustainability Concepts & Practices

Evergreen State College