Expanding Field-Based Learning Experiences

Finding answers to the environmental and public health issues we face today will take engagement from many different disciplines. For years, the University of Michigan Biological Station, located in northern Michigan on Douglas Lake, has provided student research experiences in biology, ecology and atmospheric/climate science. This project will work with multiple U-M units to develop courses that include a summer field placement at the Biological Station. These courses will engage students not only from biology, ecology, and climate science, but also from other environmental sciences, public health, engineering, urban planning, and art and design, as well as the humanities and social sciences. Courses will include field-based research and projects focused on solving environmental problems and sustaining healthy people and ecosystems. Emphasis will be on climate change impacts, the Great Lakes system, biodiversity protection and stressed ecosystems.