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 ecosystems
• The Urban Ecology Institute educates
students about their environment through
hands-on exploration of the unique
ecology at each field site.
The Muddy River
• Encompasses 5.6 square miles
• Flows through Boston, Brookline & Newton
• Part of the Charles River Watershed
Exploring Your Field Site
• Scavenger Hunt
• Social Ecology Site
• Mapping Your Field
Water Quality Test Kits
• Dissolved Oxygen
• Water Quality Data
Developing a Research Question
• What Makes a Good Research Question?
• Card Sort Game
• Finding a Good Question
• Designing Your Study
• Site Survey Data Sheets
• UEI Database
• The Student Urban Research Gathering
on Ecology (SURGE!) conference in
• The Annual Student Research Conference
in May allow students to showcase their
work for fellow students
For More Information
• Visit www.urbaneco.org
• Email email@example.com
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