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Global Change Teacher Institute July 14-18, 2008

Week long teacher institutes are conducted by Michigan Technological University School of Forest Resources & Environmental Science and Ecosystem Science Center, and coordinated by the Western Upper Peninsula Center for Science, Mathematics and Environmental Education.


This Institute is partially funded by a grant from the National Science Foundation (DEB 0614422)

Conducted by the Ecosystem Science Center of the School of Forest Resources & Environmental Science at Michigan Technological University.  

Coordinated by the Western Upper Peninsula Center for Science, Mathematics and Environmental Education.


FACE research site, where the effects of elevated CO2 and ozone are studies

Experimental Forest near Rhinelander, Wisconsin (see photo on cover), where the effects of elevated CO2 and ozone on forest productivity are clearly observed.


About the Institute

This intensive five-day Institute will prepare you to engage your middle and high school students in a real-world study of the effects of global change on ecosystems, including the impacts of climate change, elevated carbon dioxide and ozone levels, nitrogen saturation, acid rain, and invasive species. Through lecture, hands-on data collection and field trips, participants will interact with scientists and gain new knowledge and skills. Teachers will receive training in and receive the new Michigan Air Quality unit (easily adapted to other states). National and Michigan content standards for mathematics; life, earth and physical sciences; and technology will be addressed.

The Institute will be taught by internationally-recognized faculty and researchers from Michigan Technological University (MTU) School of Forest Resources and Environmental Sciences, along with guest scientists from the University of Michigan and the USDA Forest Service’s Forestry Sciences Laboratory. Another benefit of the institute is the opportunity to interact and collaborate with teachers from across the Midwest and the United States. To date, teachers from California, Connecticut, Illinois, Maryland, Michigan, Missouri, Ohio, and Wisconsin, have attended.

Participants will visit the fascinating Aspen FACE (Free-Air Carbon Dioxide Enrichment) Experiment research site ( at the Harshaw

Experimental Forest near Rhinelander, Wisconsin (see photo on cover), where the effects of elevated CO2 and ozone on forest productivity are clearly observed.

Additionally, participants will visit a long-term field research location that is used to understand the subtle impacts of nitrogen deposition and climatic variability on forest growth, and a new subterranean rhizotron research facility where scientists study carbon sequestration, the process by which plants “inhale” CO2 from the atmosphere and store carbon in their roots. The $500,000 tunnel is paneled with glass windows and stretches 75 feet into the hillside exposing roots, fungi, insects and worms without disturbing the soil.

The Institute will provide teachers with standards-based professional development and the time to plan, discuss, and develop new classroom curricula. Participants will receive a course notebook, handouts, a CD with ready-to-use powerpoint presentations from the course, and other curriculum-support materials
































Institute Instructors

Dr. Andrew Burton, Ecosystem Science Center, School of Forest Resources & Environmental Science, Michigan Technological University, teaches soil science 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 40 papers in top scientific journals. 

Maria Janowiak, Northern Institute of Applied Carbon Science, School of Forest Resources & Environmental Science, Michigan Technological University, is an outreach scientist that specializes in communicating the role of carbon in northern forest ecosystems. She develops information and tools to manage forests to mitigate the effects of increased carbon in the atmosphere through mechanisms such as terrestrial carbon sequestration and bioenergy.

Dr. Erik Lilleskov, Ecosystem Science Center & USDA Forest Service Northern 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, 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.

Joan Chadde, Western U. P. Center for Science, Math & Environmental Education, Michigan Tech University, develops K-12 science education programs for students, teachers, and communities. She’s coordinated more than two dozen teacher institutes on the Great Lakes, forestry, global change, stream monitoring, and authored Michigan’s new Water Quality unit for middle school students.

Dr. Kirsten Hofmockel, University of Michigan 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.

About Michigan Tech

Michigan Tech is located in Houghton, Michigan, along 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 and mountain biking on the awesome MTU Recreational Trail System. 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. To learn more about MTU visit:.

Course Credit & Requirements

Participants will earn three semester hours of graduate credit (FW5641/ED5641) from Michigan Technological University. Course requirements are to:

  • 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.
  • Design a 5-day teaching unit with three to five lessons related to global change, using the rubric provided, and that meets Michigan (or national) content expectations. Participants should plan to implement the unit during the 2008-009 school year. Due August 31, 2008.

Planned Course of Study (18 credits)

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

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 Participants interested in pursuing an advanced degree at Michigan Tech in a field other than education, should contact the department of interest (

Cost per participant for the 5-day Institute is only $600 for both Michigan and out-of-state participants, which includes four nights room/board, field trips, instructional materials, and tuition for three graduate credits from Michigan Tech University. (The actual cost of the Institute is $1800. A grant from the National Science Foundation, along with adepartmental stipend from the School of Forest Resources and Environmental Sciences reduces the official 2007/08 MTU Applied Science Education Graduate Resident and Non-Resident tuition of $369 per credit). Payment of the full registration fee is due Friday, June 13.  Make checks payable to ‘Michigan Technological University.’

Location and Accommodations
Participants will receive four nights lodging in MTU’s newly remodeled Wadsworth Hall in a single room with private bath and receive all of their meals from Monday lunch through Friday dinner. Michigan Tech Trails and downtown Houghton are within easy walking distance.

Getting to Michigan Tech
Michigan Technological University is located along    US 41 just east of downtown Houghton, MI (pop. 7,000). Houghton is served daily by Northwest Airlines from Minneapolis through the Houghton County Airport in Hancock. The nationwide reservations number for Northwest is 800-225-2525, or visit the Northwest Airlines website at: Commercial taxi service is available from the airport to the Michigan Tech campus for approximately $20 per person by calling Neil’s Taxi Service at 906-482-5515.

Websites for More Information
MTU School of Forest Resources & Environmental Science:
Michigan Technological University:
Western U.P. Math/Science Center: 

Tourism information:

For more information, contact course coordinator
Joan Chadde at 906-487-3341 or

How to Apply
Send completed applications by email or postal mail to:
Joan Chadde, Course Coordinator
Western U.P. Math/Science Center
105 Dillman Hall - Michigan Technological University
1400 Townsend Dr., Houghton, MI  49931
Tel:  906-487-3341         Fax:  906-487-1620 

Application forms are available on the web at:

Application deadline is Friday, May 30. Participants are accepted on a first-come basis. Participants’ registration will be confirmed by email as their applications are received. Limited to 20 participants.

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For more information regarding the Institute, contact Joan Schumaker-Chadde at 906-487-3341 or

Joan Schumaker-Chadde, Course Coordinator
Western U.P. Center for Science, Math & Environ. Education
105 Dillman Hall
Michigan Technological University
1400 Townsend Dr., Houghton, MI 49931
Tel: 906-487-3341 Fax: 906-487-1620


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