Dr. Andrew Baldwin, Associate Professor in the Dept. ofEnvironmental Science & Technology (ENST) coordinated the program.... global climate change is viewed increasingly as a major threat towetlands and as wetland damage and destruction grows into a worldwideissue, the universities recognized the need for global partnership, andthus joined forces to create the curriculum, recruit students, andoffer the program.
Emphasis in Hands-on-Experiences
Besides attending lectures by ENST professors and invited experts,students had a hands-on study of wetland research methods. They tookfield trips to a broad range of wetland types, to gain an understandingof diverse wetland climates. Specifically, the participants took guidedfield trips to USDA's Beltsville Agricultural Research Centerin Maryland; the Anacostia River in Washington, D.C.; the University ofMaryland Research Greenhouses; bogs and fens in the Appalachians ofwestern Maryland; tidal wetlands on the Nanticoke River on the DelmarvaPeninsula; and restored and natural wetlands on Delaware Bay. Marylandstudents interacted closely with students from Germany who are alsointerested in wetland science and management, but who may have verydifferent perspectives on wetland science and management, Dr. Baldwinsaid. Some topics the summer school addressed in lectures, labs, anddiscussions included: evolution of wetlands after the last glaciation;abiotic/biotic wetland environments; and conservation, restoration, andenvironmental regulation of wetlands. Article in Maryland International newsletter.
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Last updated: 03/10/2009