website is the Archive about the 2005 institute and includes the Lesson Plans and Photos.
July 11-16, 2005
site, where the effects of elevated CO2 and ozone are studies
This intensive, interactive six-day Institute is designed to involve
middle and high school teachers in physical, chemical, and biological
research on global change using the forest ecosystem as the classroom.
Through lecture, hands-on data collection, field trips, and lab
experiences, educators will obtain new knowledge and skills that
will prepare them to engage their students in the real-world study
of global change. National and Michigan content standards for mathematics;
life, earth sciences, physical sciences; and technology will be
The Institute will be taught by internationally-recognized faculty
researchers from the 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.
Teachers will measure the potential impacts of global climate change,
elevated ozone and CO2 levels, acid rain/Nitrogen deposition, and
the invasion of exotic species on forest health and productivity,
ecosystem carbon and nutrient cycling, species composition, and
genetic diversity. Participants will visit the Aspen FACE (Free-Air
Carbon Dioxide Enrichment) Experiment research site (http://aspenface.mtu.edu/)
at the Harshaw Experimental Forest near Rhinelander in northern
Wisconsin (see photo left) where the effects of elevated CO2
and ozone on forest productivity are studied.
The institute will provide teachers with standards-based professional
development and the time to plan, discuss, and reflect on their
teaching. Participants will receive a course notebook, handouts,
a CD with ready-to-use powerpoint presentations from the course,
and other curriculum-support materials.
Michigan Tech’s Ford Center & Research Forest
The Ford Center is located
40 miles south of Michigan Tech’s campus in Houghton, and
9 miles south of L’Anse on US 41. The Center is a 4,547 acre
facility used for research, education, and recreation. Facilities
include a modern 50-room dormitory and dining hall, four classrooms,
a computer lab, and a large conference room. The Center also includes
many miles of hiking, mountain biking, cross-country skiing, and
snowshoeing trails, as well as, canoeing and kayaking on nearby
Ford Lake. The historic Ford Sawmill is located on the site and
tours are available in season. The Ford Center is one mile from
spectacular Canyon Falls of the Sturgeon River. To learn more: http://forest.mtu.edu
Credit & Requirements
who satisfy all course requirements will earn three semester hours
(FW5641/ED5641) of graduate credit from Michigan Technological University.
To receive credit, participants must:
assigned readings and identify learning objectives for their students
prior to course.
fully in the entire Institute, including lecture, field trips,
and evening programs.
- Keep a field
journal during the Institute.
- Design and
submit a teaching unit that contains three to five lessons related
to global change, following the rubric provided. The teaching
unit should incorporate effective teaching strategies and
meet Michigan (or national) content standards for two or more
subject areas. Participants should plan to implement the unit
during the 2005-06 school year. The teaching unit is due August
The credits earned from this Institute can be applied towards an 18
semester-hour planned course of study for teachers working toward
their Michigan Professional Certificate. For more information about
designing a planned course of study, 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/).
Dr. Kurt Pregitzer,
School of Forest Resources & Environmental Science, Michigan
Technological University, teaches forest ecology at Michigan Tech.
He is well-know 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 Tompson’s ISI as one of the world’s
most highly cited researchers in the area of environmental biology.
Dr. Pregitzer has trained more than 35 graduate students and published
more than 140 peer-reviewed scientific papers in the world’s
top scientific journals.
Andrew Burton, School of Forest Resources & Environmental
Science, Michigan Technological University
Dr. Burton teaches forest ecosystem measurements and field ecology.
His research includes studies on the effects of global change factors
(climatic variation, nitrogen deposition/acid rain, elevated atmospheric
CO2 and ozone) on carbon and nutrient cycling, forest health and
productivity, and physical and biological soil processes in forest
ecosystem. He has published more than 36 papers in peer-reviewed
journals, and authored/co-authored more than 38 presentations at
professional meetings. Dr. Burton's work has appeared in Ecology
and Ecological Monographs, Ecological Applications, Oecologia, Tree
Physiology, and Global Change Biology.
Donald Zak, School of Natural Resources and Environment
and Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of
Michigan. Dr. Zak teaches soil and ecosystem science at the University
of Michigan. He is known around the world for his research on microbial
ecology and the effects of global change on biogeochemical cycling
in forests. Dr. Zak has been a pioneer in applying modern molecular
tools to the study of soil processes and he has published more than
120 peer-reviewed papers in the world’s top scientific journals.
USDA Forest Service North Central Research Station. Dr. Lilleskov
is an expert on mycorrhizae, the symbiotic fungi that are critical
to the health most plants. Part of his program of research is focused
on understanding how global change will influence the fungi that
control soil food webs. He is also an expert on edible fungi and
a great natural history expert who enjoys teaching people about
the mushrooms in forest ecosystems and the vital roles they play
in regulating forest health.
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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