Outreach and Science Translation
Our students, staff, and faculty work with each other and with partners to deliver public outreach and science translation programs that highlight our research, inform the public about science, and address contemporary local and global environmental issues. Our partnerships with ECHO Lake Aquarium and Science Center, Lake Champlain International, Lake Champlain Maritime Museum, University of Vermont Watershed Alliance, Lake Champlain Sea Grant, and Vermont EPSCoR provide numerous opportunities and platforms to engage with the public at many different levels. Below are several programs in which our students, staff, and faculty participate.
University of Vermont Watershed Alliance
The University of Vermont Watershed Alliance is an Extension program in partnership with Lake Champlain Sea Grant and the Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources. Their primary objective is to increase awareness and knowledge of watershed issues in Vermont youth. The Alliance provides curriculum, equipment, and instructors to schools and youth groups participating in Alliance programs, as well as support and guidance to teachers who wish to integrate watershed education into their current curriculum. For more information, visit the University of Vermont Watershed Alliance website.
Lake Champlain Live!
Teachers take junior and high school students out on Lake Champlain aboard UVM’s Research Vessel, the Melosira, where they learn about current research and then apply scientific tools and techniques to collect data. Using the scientific method as a guide, students are challenged to raise questions and apply critical thinking skills to analyze data they collect and discuss the challenges and opportunities of lake stewardship. For more information, visit the University of Vermont Watershed Alliance website.
ECHO Science Translation Fellowship
With funding from the Institute of Museum and Library Services, ECHO Lake Aquarium and Science Center and the Rubenstein Ecosystem Science Laboratory (RESL) are supporting the ECHO Science Translation Fellowship. Peter Euclide, a Master’s of Science graduate student at UVM, is the current Fellow. He is developing the infrastructure and process to facilitate the promotion of science translation and presentation of current RESL research at ECHO. For more details, read more about Peter’s work.
Lake Champlain International Public Education Trips
The Rubenstein Ecosystem Science Laboratory partners with Lake Champlain International to provide on the water, educational trips for the general public. In 2013, we hosted five trips on the research vessel Melosira. Trips included high school students and adults assisting UVM scientists collect samples for ongoing research, and evening trips where UVM and Lake Champlain International educators discussed a range of topics including invasive species, water quality, and shoreline development. Check for this year's schedule on the Lake Champlain International website.
Shipwreck! Field Trips
The Lake Champlain Maritime Museum hosts underwater exploration of Lake Champlain’s shipwrecks off of Burlington using remotely operated vehicles. Participants will join Maritime Museum educators and the crew of the Rubenstein Ecosystem Science Laboratory’s research vessel Melosira to see live underwater video while learning about the region’s history and underwater archaeology. Four shipwrecks are located a short distance from the Rubenstein Ecosystem Science Laboratory: the horse ferry, the O.J. Walker, the General Butler, and the A.R. Noyes. More information...
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