BUFFALO, N.Y. -- Professional scientists and engineers
interested in restoring and preserving stream and waterway
resources are invited to participate in the University at Buffalo's
summer 2010 "Engineering for Ecosystem Restoration" workshop to be
held June 7-25.
The annual summer workshop is designed to help train specialists
in "ecosystem engineering" how best to work with natural processes
to restore system function. It is sponsored by UB's ERIE (Ecosystem
Restoration through Interdisciplinary Exchange) and Great Lakes
"One of the distinctive features of the course is its
interdisciplinary approach to ecosystem restoration," said Alan
Rabideau, Ph.D., professor of civil, structural and environmental
engineering in the UB School of Engineering and Applied Sciences
and director of ERIE. Rabideau will coordinate the program.
The main courses will be team-taught by professional
hydrologists, ecologists, geomorphologists and engineers who are
leading experts and practitioners in ecosystem restoration,
riverine and Great Lakes ecology, fluvial geomorphology and
Classroom concepts are reinforced through site visits and a
ship-based sampling field trip to nationally recognized stream
restoration projects in Western New York.
The three one-week courses provide training in theoretical and
applied concepts of ecosystem restoration; courses may be taken
individually or in succession, and may be credited toward academic
or Professional Engineer continuing education requirements.
In addition to UB faculty, lecturers will come from the U.S.
Department of Agriculture, the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service,
Buffalo State College, Ecology & Environment and River Research
Attendees typically represent a broad range of government,
environmental and industrial organizations, including the U.S. Army
Corps of Engineers, the New York State Department of Environmental
Conservation, Buffalo/Niagara Riverkeepers and the Monroe County
They will benefit from their interactions with each other and
with the doctoral students in UB's ERIE, who are required to
In the past, the program has visited a large number of creeks in
Western New York, including a hands-on assessment of Ellicott
Creek. Participants also have studied Lake Erie, taking samples and
studying the ecological networks found in the Great Lakes.
The 2010 workshop also will feature a new module on Great Lakes
science and engineering covering ecology, chemistry, emerging
contaminants, fish, invasive species and modeling.
Rabideau noted that the joint sponsorship of the "Engineering
for Ecosystem Restoration" workshop by ERIE and the UB Great Lakes
Program will provide participants with an intensive,
interdisciplinary experience. ERIE is a set of academic programs
and research projects designed to advance the science, engineering
and policies of ecosystem restoration, and aid in the ecological
recovery of the Great Lakes and Western New York, while the Great
Lakes program coordinates the development, evaluation and synthesis
of scientific and technical knowledge on the Great Lakes ecosystem
to support public education and policymaking.
Both programs include scholars from various departments at UB,
including the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, the
College of Arts and Sciences, School of Law and Graduate School of
Education, as well as from Buffalo State College, the University of
Waterloo and the University of Windsor.
For more information on the workshop, please contact the ERIE
office at 716-645-4001 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The University at Buffalo is a premier research-intensive public
university, a flagship institution in the State University of New
York system and its largest and most comprehensive campus. UB's
more than 28,000 students pursue their academic interests through
more than 300 undergraduate, graduate and professional degree
programs. Founded in 1846, the University at Buffalo is a member of
the Association of American Universities.