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  • Center for Systems Integration and Sustainability

    Location:

    115 Manly Miles Building, Michigan State University, East Lansing, Michigan.

    Description:

    The mission of the Center for Systems Integration and Sustainability is to develop and maintain a center of excellence that integrates ecology with socioeconomics, demography, and other disciplines for ecological sustainability from local, national, to global scales. The objectives include: conducting cutting-edge research on emerging issues related to ecological sustainability; training new generations of leading scholars for interdisciplinary research; and disseminating research findings across the globe.

  • Dessert With Discussion Series: Protecting Michigan Lakes and Rivers from Invasive Species (April 2017)

    Dates:

    April 11, 2017.  7:30 - 8:30 pm.  Doors open at 7:00 pm.

    Location:

    Academic Center Auditorium, MSU's Kellogg Biological Station, 3700 East Gull Lake Dr, Hickory Corners, Michigan, 49060.

    Description:

    The Dessert with Discussion Series is a way of connecting the community with both the Kellogg Biological Station and MSU. At each event, the evening's speaker will discuss his/her research, followed by an array of delicious desserts with discussion about the topic. 

    For this Dessert With Discussion event, join us for a discussion on Protecting Michigan lakes and rivers from invasive species with MSU Outreach Specialist, Dr. Jo Latimore.  Aquatic invasive species, such as the zebra mussel and the Eurasian water milfoil plant, have caused severe ecological and economic damage in Michigan. Impacts include declines in fish populations, degraded water quality, loss of recreational opportunities, and property damage. New invaders are discovered regularly, and can spread at an alarming rate across the state.

  • Ecology Summer Course and Lab (July, August 2017)

    Dates:

    • Ecology Lecture Class: July 3 - August 2, 2017.  Class meets all day Monday and Wednesday.
    • Ecology Lab: July 8 - August 5, 2017.  Class meets all day Friday.

    Location:

    Kellogg Biological Station, Hickory Corners, Michigan.

    Description:

    Students learn about the relationships between plants, animals and the physical world. The class explores population, community and ecosystem level processes in a wide variety of aquatic and terrestrial habitats. Students are introduced to basic ecological principles and how they can be used to solve environmental problems. Students will learn a variety of sampling techniques, how to analyze data and will present results of the field labs to the class. 4 credits (Course: 3, Lab: 1). There are prerequisites.

  • Fred Russ Research Forest and Park (Decatur, MI)

    Location:

    20673 Marcellus Hwy, Decatur, MI, 49045.

    Description:

    Forest products and Christmas trees are among the top 20 agricultural crops in Michigan. The 939-acre Fred Russ Forest allows researchers to conduct long-term research on Christmas tree seed production and other projects aimed at preserving the diversity and abundance of Michigan forests. The forest also features a 14-acre park that is open to the public for hiking, biking, fishing, cross-country skiing and horseback riding.

    Fred Russ Experimental Forest now offers Spartan Pure Maple Syrup as part of a research effort in best practices for high-vacuum sap extraction. Spartan Pure Maple Syrup is made from pure maple sap, with no additives or preservatives. Now available at MSU Stores, MSU Surplus, Kellogg Biological Station and Kellogg Forest.

  • Herbarium

    Location:

    166 Plant Biology Building, MSU, East Lansing, MI, 48824.

    Description:

    An herbarium is a natural history collection of preserved plants that documents the diversity of plants of the world. The MSU Herbarium represents a worldwide collection of all groups of plants as well as lichens, bryophytes, and fungi. Current holdings number over 530,000 specimens, with approximately 315,000 specimens of vascular plants, 145,000 lichenized fungi, 35,000 non-lichenized fungi, and 35,000 bryophyte specimens.

  • Soil Ecology and Management Information Resource

    Location:

    Online at the Website below.

    Description:

    The Soil Ecology and Management Website aids agricultural professionals in applying ecological principles to the management of soil. Building soil resources provides the foundation for healthy farms, communities, the environment, and future livelihoods. This Web site addresses key principles of soil ecological mangement, including biodiversity, vegetative cover, and soil quality. Practical management tools in line with these principles include the use of cover crops, compost, manure, and reduced tillage.

  • W.K. Kellogg Biological Station Tours, Events, and Resources (Hickory Corners, MI)

    Location:

    3700 East Gull Lake Dr, Hickory Corners, MI, 49060.

    Description:

    MSU's Kellogg Biological Station (KBS) is one of North America's premier inland field stations. Located between Battle Creek and Kalamazoo, KBS is known for its contributions to ecological science and evolutionary biology. KBS's mission is to develop programs in research, education, and extension directed toward a comprehensive understanding of natural and managed ecosystems and the conservation of natural resources. KBS is a field site for ecological research not only because of its excellent facilities but also because of the exceptional diversity of field research sites that are readily accessible from the station. Much of the habitat and species diversity that characterize the upper Midwest can be found in the local area. KBS provides educational tours of the Manor House, Bird Sanctuary and Kellogg Farm, as well as many events and workshops for K-12 educators, students, and the general public.

  • Wetland Ecology & Management (July, August 2017)

    Dates:

    July 6 - August 3, 2017.  Class meets all day Tuesdays and Thursdays.

    Location:

    Kellogg Biological Station, Hickory Corners, MI

    Description:

    This course covers the ecology of wetlands, and how this ecological knowledge can be applied to the sustainable utilization and conservation of wetlands. Students will visit a diversity of sites to learn about why wetlands are so ecologically variable, how wetlands are delineated, the plant and animal life they harbor, the ecosystem services they provide, and how they can be managed—or even created from scratch. Lead instructors include Dr. Stephen Hamilton, an ecosystem ecologist with extensive experience in wetland research around the world, and Todd Losee, an environmental consultant who practices wetland restoration and has also worked in the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality. 3 Credits.  There are prerequisites.

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