NYSMTP Statewide Livestream Mini-Course: The Ecology of Fresh Water Systems From a Biogeochemical Perspective

NOTE If you are submitting an RSVP on or after 09/08/17 at 3pm: After you submit your RSVP, please also email us at masterteacherprogram@suny.edu to ensure that you receive mini-course documents and updates.

HOST CAMPUS: SUNY New Paltz
Dates: Wednesday's, September 13, 20 and 27, 5:30pm-7:30pm
Associate Professor: Dr. David Richardson,Department of Biology, SUNY New Paltz

Dr. Richardson's bio at this link: https://faculty.newpaltz.edu/davidrichardson/index.php/bio/

Dr. David Richardson, conducts research on freshwater ecosystems that combines biology, chemistry and geology – biogeochemistry. He is a member of an international team - the Global Lake Ecological Observatory Network (GLEON/http://www.gleon.org/) – that assembles and shares water-related research from data collectors in the Northeast and around the world.

This type of work results in very large data sets – measurements on many parameters over many time elements – so among his research interests is the development of methods of treating “big data.” As he has stated “The sensors pick up everything from weather data, like wind speed, air temperature and humidity, to below-lake data like water temperature at different depths, pH levels and the amount of chlorophyll in the water,” said Richardson. “And all of these are recorded every ten minutes, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.”

In this mini-course, Professor Richardson will provide background and useful sources for teachers on the biogeochemistry of freshwater systems with a focus on high-frequency and long-term datasets. “Big data is a constant topic in contemporary science,” Richardson said. “Our students, especially those in environmental science, are going to need to develop skills working with lots of data, which will equip them for careers in the changing scientific landscape.” Professor Richardson will discuss environmental topics such as environmental sensors, the interplay of physics, biology, and chemistry of lakes, biogeochemistry of aquatic ecosystems, and microbial function and distribution.

*This mini-course is suitable for all science teachers, but will particularly appeal to those who teach, biology, chemistry or earth science.

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