GEV 8300-020 – Wetlands Field Research – Summer 2019
GEV 8300-001 – Wetlands Field Research – Fall 2019
(note that students may not take this course multiple times)
- Undertake research as part of a National Science Foundation Long-Term Ecological Research (LTER) project in Plum Island, MA, to evaluate how climate change and land-use change influences tidal marsh ecosystems. This is an immersive field research experience in the marshes and estuaries of Plum Island over a long weekend during summer session II. Research will include measuring the import and export of materials in tidal marsh systems through a full tidal cycle, assessing the water-atmosphere greenhouse gas flux, and determining rates of organic matter decomposition.
- Assessment will be based on participation in the field work, data analysis of a portion of the research conducted on the trip, and the completion of a short methods and results section of a scientific paper (due after the completion of the trip).
- Students will travel by van to Plum Island, MA on
- Summer course: Friday 19 July (departing Villanova at 12:00pm) and returning to campus on Monday 22 July (arriving at approximately 8:00 pm).
- Fall course: Friday 11 October (departing Villanova at 12:00pm) and returning to campus on Monday 14 October (arrive at approximately 8:00pm).
- Travel, room, and board during the trip are included. No extra costs incurred by student.
- Research will entail long days in the field in possibly inclement conditions (weather depending). Chest waders will be provided. Students will need to bring other field clothes.