2008 Summer Institute

University of New Hampshire : Elizabeth City State University : College of The Albemarle : New Hampshire Community Technical College

Two-week Summer Research Institute :: Summer 2008
Merrimack Watershed, New Hampshire
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College students took part in an introduction to hands-on methods for doing science by studying the Merrimack River Watershed in New Hampshire during a two-week Summer Research Institute. This interdisciplinary course allowed students to use a wide range scientific methods, including water quality testing and satellite imagery analysis to study both the aquatic and terrestrial parts of the entire watershed. By studying the watershed, students learn the exciting aspects of scientific fieldwork and data analysis, along with human and societal impacts on the watershed. Extensive hands-on experiences were offered to stimulate inquiry-based learning, where students are actively involved in answering real questions that lead to an improved understanding of 1) the role watersheds play in natural systems and 2) the societal impacts on and benefits derived from watersheds.

ECSU student presentations:
1. A Water Quality Comparison of Two New Hampshire Watersheds: Merrimack and Pascataqua
2. Aquatic Macroinvertebrates & What They Tell Us About the Water
3. Tree Coring at Different Elevations

ECSU Trip Reports
1. Lakeshia Reid
2. Carnecia Norfleet

NSF Award # 0525433 led by Dr. Barry Rock, University of New Hampshire