For a number of years Academic Technology Services offered a multifaceted three-week-long Interterm course that engaged students in the study of the complex array of ecological, public access, and management issues confronting the nearby Quabbin reservoir, the major source of fresh water for Boston. Students worked in teams to research and document some of these effects, in particular the hemlock woolly adelgid, deer, and moose. They were supported by an interdisciplinary group of technologists, professors, and local governmental agencies.
Daily activities included expert presentations, outdoor fieldwork, technology training, and project development. To record, map, and analyze data students learned to use GPS and geographic information systems software. To communicate and share their findings with the community, they also learned to use digital cameras, video editing software to create short documentary films, and web site development tools.
To see their projects, visit the following web sites: