Dr. Andrew Burton, Ecosystem Science Center, School of Forest Resources & Environmental Science, Michigan Technological University, teaches ecosystem measurements, geomorphology, and basic field ecology skills. His research examines the effects of global change factors (climatic variation, nitrogen deposition/acid rain, elevated atmospheric CO2 and ozone) on carbon and nutrient cycling, forest health, productivity, and soil processes. He has published more than 38 papers in top scientific journals.
Dr. Erik Lilleskov, Ecosystem Science Center & USDA Forest Service North Central Research Station, is a research ecologist and expert on mycorrhizae, the symbiotic fungi critical to the health of most plants. He investigates how global change will influence the fungi that control soil food webs and forest health, and is an expert on edible fungi. Lilleskov also examines the role of exotic earthworms in the forest ecosystem.
Dr. Janet Vail, Annis Water Resources Institute, Grand Valley State University, holds a Ph.D. in Science Education with an emphasis on Environmental Education from Western Michigan University. She manages the outreach and education programs at the Annis Water Resources Institute, is a trainer for the GLOBE program, and is the author of Michigan’s new Air Quality Unit for middle/high school students.
Alan Talhelm is a doctoral candidate in forest ecology at Michigan Technological University.* For his doctoral research, he is studying the effects of chronic atmospheric N deposition on net photosynthesis, water use and growth in northern hardwood forests. He has taught forest ecology labs at MTU on a variety of environmental topics, including N deposition, climatic change and exotic species invasions.
Dr. Kirsten Hofmockel is a post-doctoral researcher at the University of Michigan. Her research focuses on how global environmental change affects ecosystem function. Her research spans multiple levels of biological organization, ranging from microbiology to ecosystem ecology. She has been involved in research at multiple FACE research sites, where she investigates microbial mechanisms that mediate ecosystem carbon and nitrogen cycling.
Dr. Kurt Pregitzer, is well-known nationally and internationally for his research on global change. He received the Barrington Moore Award for life-long advancement of our fundamental understanding of forest biology and was recently recognized by Tomson’s ISI as one of the world’s most highly cited researchers in the area of environmental biology. Dr. Pregitzer has published more than 140 peer-reviewed scientific papers in the world’s top scientific journals. Formerly at Michigan Tech University, Dr. Pregitzer is now the Chair of the Department of Natural Resources & Environmental Science at the University of Nevada, Reno.
Michigan Tech Michigan Tech
is located in Houghton, MI, along US 41, on the shores of the Portage
Waterway. Houghton is a quaint town with roots in the historic copper
mining days of the mid-19th century. While every season is a great
time to be in Houghton, summertime is relaxed and the weather refreshingly
cool. Stroll along the waterfront, get an ice cream or cappuccino,
or take in a movie. There’s hiking or mountain biking on the
awesome MTU Recreational Trail System within walking distance of
our dorm. Or hike up Mont Ripley Ski Hill or along Lake Superior
at McLain State Park, or take in a round of golf at the Portage
Lake Golf Course. Every evening a van will take you on a new adventure
(optional) of the Keweenaw Peninsula. To learn more about MTU, visit: http://www.mtu.edu
Credit & Requirements
Participants will earn three semester hours of graduate credit (FW5641/ED5641) from Michigan Technological University. Course requirements are to:
Design a teaching unit with three to five lessons related to global change following the rubric provided and meets Michigan (or national) content standards. Participants should plan to implement the unit during the 2006-07 school year.
- Complete assigned readings and identify learning objectives for their students prior to the course.
- Participate fully in the entire Institute, including lecture, field trips, and evening programs.
- Keep a field journal during the Institute.
The credits earned from this Institute can be applied towards an 18 semester-hour planned course of study for teachers working towards their Michigan Professional
Certificate. Michigan Tech is a great place to design your planned course of study, with so many great summer institutes available. For more information, contact Judy Anderson at the MTU Department of Education at 906-487-2460 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Master of Applied Science Education
Graduate credits may also be applied towards Michigan Tech’s
Master of Science in Applied Science Education program. For
more information about the Master’s program, contact Dr.
Brad Baltensperger at 906-487-2460 or email@example.com.
Participants interested in pursuing an advanced degree at Michigan
Tech in a field other than education, should contact the department
of interest (http://www.mtu.edu/).
for More Information
MTU Ecosystem Science Center: http://ecosystem.mtu.edu/
MTU School of Forest Resources & Environmental Science:
Michigan Technological University: www.mtu.edu
Western U.P. Math/Science Center: www.wupcenter.mtu.edu
Tourism information: www.thekeweenaw.com
For more information, contact course coordinator
Joan Chadde at 906-487-3341 or firstname.lastname@example.org.