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Wetlands Research Improves the Classroom

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In this review of the 2011-2012 grants, Professor Julie Vogel (Environmental Sciences, Seminole) shares her experience traveling to and presenting at INTECOL International Wetlands Conference in Orlando, FL.

What was the conference, workshop, etc. that you attended – dates, times, sponsoring organization?

I went to the 9th Annual INTECOL International Wetlands Conference to be held between the dates of June 6, 2012 to June 8, 2012 in Orlando, FL.

Why did you attend this event? What information were you looking for?

I was expecting to bring a greater knowledge of the interdisciplinary studies of biology, chemistry, and geology along with regulatory agencies and policy makers involved in wetland ecosystems back to St. Petersburg College . The material covered in the conference related to the SPC Office of Sustainability’s mission by incorporating environmental stewardship in the community and integrating social and environmental responsibility into the college curriculum and educational programs.

What information did you find? How did that apply to your program discipline, teaching, college students, and/or SPC?

I benefited the Natural Sciences program by broadening my knowledge in this interdisciplinary field. This knowledge base was translated to my students in the classroom, especially in my Wetland Resources course.

Did you present at this event? If so, what was your topic? How did your presentation go?

Yes, I presented a poster based on my wetlands research and it went very well! My topic summary was as follows:

“Increasingly, artificial floating wetland islands (FWI) are proposed to improve water quality especially in urban areas. The materials for the artificial floating wetland islands might be wide ranging, but should be durable, functional, environmentally sensitive, buoyant, and easily anchored. From this study, it was determined that FWI type, vegetation composition, and site location have an impact on FWI vegetation dynamics, nutrient uptake, and durability. These parameters should be taken into account when designing and implementing FWIs in urban areas to meet specific project objectives.”

See that posterboard hereVogel_Intecol_2012-1

Would you attend this event in future? Would you recommend it to your colleagues?

Yes! I would like to attend this event in the future and I would recommend it to my colleges, especially those involved in water quality, nutrients, wetlands, and environmental policy.

What events would you like to attend in future?

I am still planning future events and will definitely help spread the word!

Thank you, Professor Vogel, for sharing your experience presenting at and attending academic conferences.

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