Ambler, J. W. Millersville University, jambler@marauder.millersv.edu
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CHESAPEAKE BAY SYSTEM, A MODEL ECOSYSTEM
 
The Chesapeake Bay System, including the estuary, watershed and airshed, provides an excellent format for teaching about ecological processes in nutrient cycles and food web dynamics as they apply to management of fisheries, best management practices on agricultural lands, forestry, streams, waste water treatment, wetlands, and restoration efforts. Current issues such as the Pfiesteria blooms can always be added, and the students relate to ecological principles because they have examples from their own geographic area. Students with interests in marine biology, terrestrial ecology, secondary education, and geography participate. Field exercises include a cruise in Chesapeake Bay, wetland delineation, submerged aquatic vegetation surveys, stream macroinvertebrates as water quality indicators, and a demonstration of denitrification in soils. Students also do independent projects, which allow them to explore their interests in more detail.
 
Day: Wednesday, Feb. 3
Time: 09:00 - 09:15am
Location: Eldorado Hotel
 
Code: SS53WE0900E