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The Burd Run Interdisciplinary Watershed Research Laboratory at Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania (SU) is a cooperative effort among 13 faculty from the Departments of Geography-Earth Science, Biology, and Teacher Education to: (1) provide intensive undergraduate field training through collection and analysis of related hydrologic, geologic, biologic, and geographic data from a single watershed, (2) establish a comprehensive statistical and spatial watershed database using a geographic information system (GIS), (3) use the accumulated data for student investigations in a wide variety of environmentally related courses, and (4) facilitate similar approaches at other institutions. The project involves equipment acquisition; continuous monitoring of hydrology, water quality, and meteorology; and data collection and analysis in various undergraduate courses.The project will link learning across courses and disciplines over several semesters, allowing students to build and integrate scientific skills throughout their education using the watershed as a common case study. Six specific needs will be addressed: (1) strengthen hands-on field and laboratory learning; (2) enhance students' quantitative skills; (3) improve the teaching of complex, interdependent environmental systems by linking a variety of scientific perspectives to a common case study; (4) allow students to conduct long term monitoring of environmental change and impacts of human disturbance; (5) improve the earth-space science and biology education curricula by providing pre-service teachers intensive training in scientific methods; and (6) provide field opportunities otherwise unavailable for a wide range of users. Original unchanged by contributor, current Copyright © 1999 . All rights reserved.<
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