Meghann Jarchow

Sustainability Program, Biology/Sustainability

University of South Dakota

I recently began an appointment as an assistant professor of sustainability at the University of South Dakota in Vermillion, SD.  I will be coordinating and teaching the core courses for the new undergraduate sustainability major that USD is beginning in Fall 2012.

My research interests are in prairie ecology, agroecology, managed prairie systems, and bioenergy cropping systems.

My academic training is in plant ecology and sustainable agriculture.

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Course Modules (3)

Unit 1: Recognizing Ecosystem Services and their Relation to the Hydrologic Cycle part of An Ecosystem Services Approach to Water Resources
In this module, students investigate the ecosystem services associated with local landscapes, particularly in relation to water resources. This unit, the first of three, provides students with the foundational ...

Unit 2: Measuring and Modeling Ecosystem Services part of An Ecosystem Services Approach to Water Resources
In this unit, students will model stormwater runoff for a landscape that has different land covers, to reflect the changes in the hydrologic cycle as land use changes. In doing this, they will (a) recognize the ...

Unit 3: Using an Ecosystem Services Approach for Civic Engagement part of An Ecosystem Services Approach to Water Resources
In this unit, students will explore the larger context in which ecosystem services are often utilized and real-world proposals for land-use change typically occur. Presented with a scenario for a proposed land-use ...

Activities (9)

Using concept mapping to experientially introduce systems thinking part of Integrate:Workshops and Webinars:Systems, Society, Sustainability and the Geosciences:Activities
This activity uses concept mapping as a tool for students to experience the complexity that is inherent in many sustainability-related issues.

Unit 1.1: Mapping Ecosystem Services part of An Ecosystem Services Approach to Water Resources
In this activity, students are introduced to the concept of ecosystem services, provided with a tool for exploring these services in particular landscapes, and led through a few examples so that they will be ...

Unit 1.2: Exploring the Hydrologic Cycle part of An Ecosystem Services Approach to Water Resources
In this activity, students focus on ecosystem services specifically related to the hydrologic cycle. Using rainfall-runoff data for a small watershed in Ohio, students are introduced to the technical vocabulary ...

Unit 1.3: Understanding Perturbations to Hydrologic Systems part of An Ecosystem Services Approach to Water Resources
In this activity, students examine the impact of land use on runoff. Using rainfall-runoff data for two small watersheds in Ohio, one dominated by agricultural land uses and the other dominated by urban land uses, ...

Unit 2.1: Hydrologic Impact of Land-Use Change part of An Ecosystem Services Approach to Water Resources
In this activity, students model the impact of land-cover changes on stormwater runoff using the EPA's National Stormwater Calculator (Calculator). The students are introduced to the Calculator through a ...

Unit 2.2: Mitigation Using Low Impact Development (LID) Controls part of An Ecosystem Services Approach to Water Resources
In this activity, students model the impact of changes in land cover on stormwater runoff using the EPA's National Stormwater Calculator. Students mitigate increased stormwater runoff resulting from ...

Unit 2.3: Modeling Land-Use Change and Mitigation Strategies part of An Ecosystem Services Approach to Water Resources
In this activity, students model the impact of a proposed land-use change for a local site using the EPA's National Stormwater Calculator (Calculator). Given a description of the proposed land-use change, ...

Unit 3.1: Land-Use Change and Stakeholders part of An Ecosystem Services Approach to Water Resources
The example of a proposed land-use change that was used in Unit 2.3 is built upon here. The activities in this unit are meant to broaden the discussion beyond calculating quantitative run-off changes. Now we will ...

Unit 3.2: Presentation and Reflection part of An Ecosystem Services Approach to Water Resources
In this activity, the student groups organized at the end of Unit 3.1 will prepare presentations representing different stakeholder positions. This artifact—Part I of the Module Summative Assessment (Microsoft ...

Essay (1)

Using process-focused assessments for teaching sustainability part of Integrate:Workshops and Webinars:Systems, Society, Sustainability and the Geosciences:Essays
Meghann Jarchow, Interdepartmental - sustainability, University of South Dakota Thinking about how we assess students is as important as the methods that we use to convey the course content. I think that most ...

Other Contribution (1)

Meghann Jarchow: Using An Ecosystems Services Approach to Water Resources in Sustainability and Society at University of South Dakota part of An Ecosystem Services Approach to Water Resources
Using models to frame public discussions My course is one of two introductory, core courses for a sustainability major and minor. The course focuses on the environmental aspects of sustainability and is taught using team-based learning methods. My goals for the course include teaching students how to use some of the many scientific tools that have been developed for the public and teaching students how to translate the output from those tools into forms that can be used to effect positive environmental change. This module was an effective way to combine these two goals.