David Hix, associate professor in the School of Environment and Natural Resources (SENR) recently presented a paper at the 10th Biennial Conference on University Education in Natural Resources held on the campus of Auburn University where he shared with colleagues from across the nation information on the field-oriented course he designed and initiated nearly fifteen years ago called Forest Ecosystems. The presentation entitled, “Providing the essential foundation: learning about forest ecosystems in the field as a basis for their management”, chronicles his journey teaching this course and the hands-on learning opportunities students experience and skills they develop. Forest Ecosystems (ENR 3322) is an undergraduate course offered by the School of Environment and Natural Resources during the autumn semester and over the years has enrolled 215 students.
Starting this Friday, scientists and practitioners will gather in Wooster, Ohio for the Fifth Annual Meeting of the Midwest-Great Lakes Chapter of the Society for Ecological Restoration (SER). Dr. Charles Goebel, associate professor and assistant director of the School of Environment and Natural Resources (SENR), and one of the organizers of the meeting noted, "We're excited to be partnering with the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center (OARDC) as hosts for the conference. The goal of this years’ meeting, to explore how the field of ecological restoration can assist other disciplines with achieving their sustainability goals and vice-versa, is right in step with the mission of the SENR and OARDC. The meeting will highlight not only the role of the biophysical sciences in restoring ecosystem structure and function, but also the critical role social sciences play in achieving these restoration goals."