Ecological Engineering in the Tropics

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Ecological Engineering in the Tropics

From ESF College Foundation

Help SUNY-ESF students travel to Costa Rica this Spring for 10 days in the field to develop sustainable approaches to restore degraded ecosystems. They need our support!

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“Ecological Engineering in the Tropics” is a SUNY-ESF Environmental Resource Engineering (ERE) Department course concerned with the study and development of sustainable restoration solutions for degraded tropical ecosystems. The course provides an outstanding opportunity for engineering students to “take their education on the road” and gain valuable experience by applying what they are learning in the classroom to real world challenges.

The purpose of this fundraising effort is to provide direct financial assistance to students, making it possible for them to participate in this unique field experience. Your donation is being made to the ESF College Foundation, and 100% of every donation will be awarded directly to students selected by the ERE Department. The ESF College Foundation is a 501c3 nonprofit organization which handles all philanthropy for SUNY-ESF. The tax id number for the Foundation is: 15-6023443. All charitable donations made to the ESF College Foundation are fully tax deductible, as allowed by law.

For students participating in the course, benefits/impacts include: a) increased hands on learning experience for undergraduates, b) increased interdisciplinary activity between engineering and other environmental sciences, and c) providing benefit to cultures experiencing rapid population growth and associated economic and natural resource pressures. Students completing this course will obtain key skills used in ecosystem restoration projects.

In the field, students will complete surveys of land use patterns and resulting watershed, river, mangrove, and coastal adjustments, and then design sustainable restoration options for the coupled terrestrial-aquatic system. The field component has been oriented around a 10-day field visit to Costa Rica, Central America. The design will use ecological theory to create sustainable systems that restore degraded ecosystems or treat pollution loading. Design reports will define observed degradation, identify target ecosystem functions, address pertinent constraints, describe alternative design options, and justify the final design.

If you have any questions, or are interested in inspiring others to support this project with your own challenge contribution, please contact us at development@esf.edu or call us at (315) 470-4948.

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