Problematic Species and the Quabbin Reservoir: Balancing Ecological Diversity, Recreation, and Water Quality

Dates: January 7 – 25, 2008
Time: 9:00am – 4:00pm

Spend Interterm helping to make a difference in the community while developing technology skills that you may well need for school or jobs in the future. In this special topic course lasting 3 weeks, you will learn about the complex array of ecological, public access, and management issues confronting the nearby Quabbin reservoir, the major source of fresh water for Boston. Vegetation, animals, and humans can all affect water quality. You will work in teams to research and document some of these effects, in particular the hemlock woolly adelgid and the moose. You will be supported by an interdisciplinary group of technologists, professors, and local governmental agencies.

Your daily activities will be divided between expert presentations, outdoor fieldwork, technology training, and project development. To map and analyze your data you will learn to use geographic information systems software. To communicate and share your findings with the community, you'll also learn to use digital cameras and video editing software to create a short documentary film and a web site. Other technologies may be applied if appropriate.

This course is offered by Academic Technology Services, in conjunction with Jill Miller and Ethan Clotfelter (Biology), Jan Dizard (Sociology & American Studies), Annie Paradis (Entomology, UMass), Stephen DeStefano (Natural Resources Conservation, UMass), Harvard Forest, and the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation.

 Location:Meeting initially and for transport on the first floor of Seeley Mudd; technology trainings in various classrooms.

Facilitators: Academic Technology Services staff, Jan Dizard, Ethan Clotfelter, Jill Miller, Annie Paradis, Stephen DeStefano.

Problematic Species in the Quabbin Reservoir

Welcome to the 2008 Interterm class on problematic species in the Quabbin reservoir!

We'll be using the following resources in the class:

The students self-organized into two groups of four students each, the TRAK group and the J group.

Here is a link to the website showcasing the students' work.