More bugs and some experimental ecology (PLE day 10)
The Pymatuning wetlanders wrapped up two weeks of the wetland ecology course today by first examining swamps and riparian wetlands and then heading out to Pymatuning Creek Marsh to collect the wells and data loggers that we installed last week. The collection of the wells proved difficult, but the students were creative and managed to recover them all.
We then visited Dr. Rick Relyea’s research laboratory where his research team told us about the interesting experimental work they are doing in ecotoxicology, community ecology, and behavioral ecology. The students had many questions, and it was nice to be able to give them direct exposure to this sort of cutting-edge research.
We returned to lab and spent the afternoon identifying and tallying our macroinvertebrate samples. We found many new macroinvertebrate types this year, and I am looking forward to seeing the results.
Posted on June 13, 2014, in Teaching, Wetland Ecology & Management (PLE) and tagged Biodiversity, Ecosystems, macroinvertebrates, Marsh, Nature, Pesticides, Science, Swamp, Wetlands. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.