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Mar
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Deb Martin to speak at annual James O. Wheeler Lecture Series

Time:3/24/17 at 3:30 pm - 3/27/17 at 10:19 am
Location:March 24, 2017 at 3:30 PM in GGY room 200C

Engaging students in socio-ecological research: Analyzing trees and ‘place’ through the human-environment regional observatory (HERO) program

The Human-Environment Regional Observatory (HERO) program at Clark University brings undergraduate students into an intense-eight week summer program of research, analysis, and stakeholder presentations.  Since 2012, the program has examined urban forest canopy change as a result of an Asian Long-horned beetle (ALB) infestation and the subsequent federal, state, and local policy responses, including tree planting.  Faculty engagement in the project orients around a commitment to high quality, integrative socio-political and biophysical science.  Drawing on a wide range of information from interviews, focus groups, tree surveys, and remotely sensed data, I report on findings about land surface temperature change, innovative policy responses, and emerging understandings of relational place in a human-environment and policy lens. HERO offers a model of student engagement and faculty innovation and learning across traditional intra-disciplinary boundaries.