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GLIN==> Research Experience for Undergraduates and Teacher Training inUrbanized Stream Ecosystems

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URBANBANIZATION IMPACTS ON STREAM ECOSYSTEMS An integrated Training Experience for Teachers and Undergraduate Researchers at CLEVELAND STATE UNIVERSITY, CLEVELAND, OHIO

This 10-week summer program is designed to provide participants with opportunities to investigate urbanization as a critical factor in the current crisis of declining biodiversity.

REU participants will develop and conduct independent research projects emphasizing interdisciplinary studies of biodiversity and ecological function of the Cuyahoga River watershed. All students will test the central concept that urbanization significantly alters the ecological relationships, community structure, and genetic diversity of stream organisms. Students will select among research topics that use different methodologies and taxa, encompassing population ecology and/or genetic structure of photosynthetic organisms, macroinvertebrates, and lower vertebrates.

Pre- and in-service teachers will join with research teams consisting of science faculty, graduate and undergraduate science students in on-going studies of the ecological dynamics of the Cuyahoga River basin. Through field research experiences, classroom sessions and seminar presentations, the teachers will receive instruction in methods of ecosystem analysis, and the scientific, social, cultural, and regulatory dimensions of urban ecosystem study. The core of the program is collaborative, interdisciplinary, hands-on field research on the ecological features of the regional environment. Teachers' principal responsibility will be to develop secondary school science curricula based upon the research activity in which they were involved.

Participants in both programs will receive a stipend of $3000 and food will be provided during activities at the field station. Participants will also be supplied with field kits including data notebook, topographic maps, and textbooks/field guides. Housing will be available.

Review of applications will begin on March 15, 2003. Applicants will be notified by April 15th, 2003.

For further details, please see our web site at http://www.csuohio.edu/cestp/REU/reu.html, or contact

B. Michael Walton, Ph.D.
Cleveland State University