How Muddy is the Muddy River?


        Patreka J. Wood-Blain
        Boston Public Schools
What is Urban Ecology?
•  Relatively new area of science
•  Focuses on the affects of urbanization on
   the health of the...
The Muddy River




•  Encompasses 5.6 square miles
•  Flows through Boston, Brookline & Newton
•  Part of the Charles Riv...
Muddy River Restoration Project
Exploring Your Field Site
•  Scavenger Hunt
•  Social Ecology Site
   Survey
•  Mapping Your Field
   Site
Water Quality Test Kits
•    Dissolved Oxygen
•    Nitrates
•    Salinity
•    pH
•    Water Quality Data
     Sheets
Developing a Research Question
•  What Makes a Good Research Question?
•  Card Sort Game
•  Finding a Good Question
•  Des...
Gathering Data
•  Site Survey Data Sheets
•  UEI Database
Sharing Research
•  The Student Urban Research Gathering
   on Ecology (SURGE!) conference in
   March
•  The Annual Stude...
For More Information
•  www.muddyriver.wikispaces.com
•  Visit www.urbaneco.org
•  Email pwood2@boston.k12.ma.us
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How Muddy Is The Muddy River

  1. 1. How Muddy is the Muddy River? Patreka J. Wood-Blain Boston Public Schools
  2. 2. What is Urban Ecology? •  Relatively new area of science •  Focuses on the affects of urbanization on the health of the ecosystems •  The Urban Ecology Institute educates students about their environment through hands-on exploration of the unique ecology at each field site.
  3. 3. The Muddy River •  Encompasses 5.6 square miles •  Flows through Boston, Brookline & Newton •  Part of the Charles River Watershed
  4. 4. Muddy River Restoration Project
  5. 5. Exploring Your Field Site •  Scavenger Hunt •  Social Ecology Site Survey •  Mapping Your Field Site
  6. 6. Water Quality Test Kits •  Dissolved Oxygen •  Nitrates •  Salinity •  pH •  Water Quality Data Sheets
  7. 7. Developing a Research Question •  What Makes a Good Research Question? •  Card Sort Game •  Finding a Good Question •  Designing Your Study
  8. 8. Gathering Data •  Site Survey Data Sheets •  UEI Database
  9. 9. Sharing Research •  The Student Urban Research Gathering on Ecology (SURGE!) conference in March •  The Annual Student Research Conference in May allow students to showcase their work for fellow students
  10. 10. For More Information •  www.muddyriver.wikispaces.com •  Visit www.urbaneco.org •  Email pwood2@boston.k12.ma.us
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