April 20, 2009
Source: Piedmont 2003

Baker, Steve
Oxford College Biology Department


Project Summary

As an ecologist, I welcome the opportunity to interact with colleagues from any discipline that share my interest in and concern for the environment. I was excited when Dr. Eloise Carter recommended that I apply to attend the 2003 Piedmont Project, because she has spoken highly of the program. Also, I had some previous experience with the program as I had led the aquatic biology activity that was held in the fall workshop at Oxford on at least one occasion.

I found the workshop stimulating and interesting. Although I had already been exposed to much of the material, it was very enlightening to listen and interact with my colleagues, many of whom were not in science disciplines, respond to issues of sustainabilty, urban growth, and basic Piedmont Ecology.

I have worked this summer in planning to incorporate some issues of environmental health into my classes as a byproduct of the workshop. I intended to add this course material to Biology 120, my non-majors course, but since I will not teach it until spring of 2005 I decided to go ahead and add a unit to my freshwater ecology class in the fall. I normally teach a long segment on water quality chemistry which is somewhat useful but also quite boring in this course. I am working on reducing the content of this material and instead addressing diseases and problems that can occur as a result of poor water quality (see attached syllabus).

I was particularly interested by the topic of sustainable development as a process of trade offs. I am used to thinking purely of the ecology component of environmental issues. The comments made by Peggy Bartlett concerning the intersection of the biology, economics, and social aspects of development were interesting and a component I often forget. I particularly plan to add this as a component to my unit on water and environmental health.

I appreciate the effort put in by the presenters of the Project and found it very interesting and helpful.

Course Syllabus attached.

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