Overview of PEREC

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Overview of the Potomac Research and Education Center of George Mason University.

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Overview of PEREC

  1. 1. An Environmental Research and Education Center for the Potomac River Basin The Potomac Environmental Research and Education Center
  2. 2. Our Mission <ul><li>To utilize the tools of scientific research, restoration, education, and policy analysis to help society understand and sustain natural processes in ecosystems, watersheds, and landscapes. </li></ul>
  3. 3. Specific Research Foci
  4. 4. Restoration of Potomac River and Chesapeake Bay <ul><li>New Bay Agreement </li></ul><ul><li>Important research questions remain: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>The effect of nutrients on Bay organisms </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Greater understanding of tidal freshwater & oligohaline ecosystems </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>The role of wetlands in protecting the Bay </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>The recovery of Bay communities when stresses are removed </li></ul></ul>
  5. 5. Suburban Sustainability <ul><li>Northern Virginia is one of the most rapidly growing regions of the Country </li></ul><ul><ul><li>How does this rapid growth impact our ecosystems? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>What are the growth and development strategies that can lessen that impact and allow us to retain a greater variety of organisms? </li></ul></ul>
  6. 6. Global Climate Change and Management of Natural Ecosystems <ul><li>Impacts of climate change on aquatic ecosystems </li></ul><ul><li>Linkages between climate change, hydrology, and aquatic ecology </li></ul><ul><li>Using managed landscapes and wetlands to store carbon & carbon credits </li></ul>
  7. 7. Current Funded Research
  8. 8. Education Programs <ul><li>Serve as a focus of activity for Environmental programs at GMU </li></ul><ul><ul><li>University programs in Environmental Science and Policy </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Certificates in Environmental Management </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Courses in Biology, Chemistry, Geology, Geography, Human Ecology </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>General Education course in Environmental Science </li></ul></ul>
  9. 9. Educational Programs
  10. 10. K-12 and Community Programs <ul><li>Work with local schools to implement watershed and bay ecology educational programs incorporated into basic science curriculum </li></ul><ul><li>Conduct ecology camps </li></ul><ul><li>Serve as a resource for local government and citizens </li></ul>
  11. 11. Educational Programs
  12. 12. For more information… <ul><li>Web site: </li></ul><ul><li>perec.gmu.edu </li></ul><ul><li>Current Physical Address: </li></ul><ul><li>4260 Chain Bridge Rd. Suite B200 </li></ul><ul><li>Fairfax, VA 22030 </li></ul><ul><li>Mailing address: </li></ul><ul><li>PEREC </li></ul><ul><li>4400 University Drive, MS 5F2 Fairfax, VA 22030-4444 </li></ul>

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