As environmental scientists, we are aware of many of the incredible challenges facing people and our environments, now and in the future. Climate change, human population growth, stressed water supplies (the list goes on and on) all challenge our basic ability to support our communities, and the ecosystems that support those communities. This includes our ability to grow and produce food for our ever-increasing population.
Wetlands are characterized simply as an area where water is covering land; this could be freshwater saltwater or a combination of the two. They provide important habitat for many species of mammals, birds, fish, and invertebrates. In addition, they offer valuable ecosystem services like water filtration, storm protection, and flood control. Roughly 40% of Oregon’s wetlands have been drained, and in 22 states at least 50% of wetlands have been drained.
Kickstarting the Fall term with a Thursday night meeting, the Fall 2019 Eco-Adventure course gathered for the first time to meet each other and set clear expectations for the upcoming weeks.
Every year the incoming Environmental Science and Policy students all take part in a tour of Southern Oregon’s bioregion. The idea of this class is to introduce new students to the area and the gorgeous diversity of landscapes, flora, and fauna that is Southern Oregon; from Crater Lake National Park to the coastal region, it gives incoming students a sense of place at their new school.
We invite you, regardless of your major, to join us for an exciting 12-day journey to Ecuador! The course will focus on the impacts of tourism and development on the culture and environment of Ecuador.
In January of this year, I departed Ashland, Oregon to live and work in Akumal, Quintana Roo, Mexico. I had two main objectives. First, I wanted to improve my Spanish language skills through long-term immersion. Second, I wanted to work with local research groups to better understand the impacts of a major environmental problem in the region. In late June, my colleague, Leslie Eldridge, arrived with 14 outstanding SOU students to learn more about the culture and environment of the Yucatan region of Mexico.