Warren Lab - Urban-Suburban Ecology

    The Warren Lab - Urban-Suburban Ecology

    In highly human-modified environments, never before seen combinations of species exist, such as in forest fragments in the ‘suburban wilds’ where many invasive and native plants and animals may co-exist. What is the conservation potential of these urban-suburban green spaces?

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    An Exciting Time at UMass

    THE FALL is a very lively time for us in the summer programs office at UMass Amherst. Despite what one may think, there is a lot that goes on between the end of one summer and the beginning of the next. A highlight of our work is meeting with faculty to debrief the previous summer's programs, and to begin planning programs for the coming year. 

    Just this week we have met with faculty from UMass Amherst's Departments of Communication and Dance. We are talking about some

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    Pre-College Program Spotlight: Urban Forestry

    Urban Forestry (Arboriculture) is the art, business, and science of caring for trees in residential areas. Trees provide many benefits like shading houses and cleaning the air and water; they also improve our quality of life. Planting trees in our towns and cities is a great way to make them nicer places to live and work. 

    Students in the Urban Forestry program will learn the importance of and how to care for trees. Students will take a proactive approach to climate as they learn what they can do now and in the future to make their communities greener. Arboriculture and urban forestry are core aspects of environmental conservation. 

    This program covers a number of earth science-related topics including: botany, physiology, soil composition, run-off, and pollution. Students will also receive hands-on experiential training in: identifying trees, identifying disease in trees, climbing trees (knot tying, ascension, limb walking, tree worker safety), pruning, plant health care, and pest management. 

    Our 1-week intensive will balance academic study of the science and business of arboriculture while offering an introduction to the basic skills required to work in the field. 

    Arborists are in great demand in many towns and cities because it is important to properly plant and maintain trees. There are currently multiple career opportunities for graduates with either a two- or a four-year degree in Arboriculture at UMass Amherst.

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    Pre-College Program Spotlight: Urban Forestry

    Urban Forestry (Arboriculture) is the art, business, and science of caring for trees in residential areas. Trees provide many benefits like shading houses and cleaning the air and water; they also improve our quality of life. Planting trees in our towns and cities is a great way to make them nicer places to live and work. 

    Students in the Urban Forestry program will learn the importance of and how to care for trees. Students will take a proactive approach to climate as they learn what they can do now and in the future to make their communities greener. Arboriculture and urban forestry are core aspects of environmental conservation. 

    This program covers a number of earth science-related topics including: botany, physiology, soil composition, run-off, and pollution. Students will also receive hands-on experiential training in: identifying trees, identifying disease in trees, climbing trees (knot tying, ascension, limb walking, tree worker safety), pruning, plant health care, and pest management. 

    Our 1-week intensive will balance academic study of the science and business of arboriculture while offering an introduction to the basic skills required to work in the field. 

    Arborists are in great demand in many towns and cities because it is important to properly plant and maintain trees. There are currently multiple career opportunities for graduates with either a two- or a four-year degree in Arboriculture at UMass Amherst.

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    Pre-College Program Spotlight: Summer Design Academy

    The Summer Design Academy is a hands-on introduction to the design of sustainable built environments. We will explore how architecture, landscape architecture, interior design and urban design shape our world.  We will learn how to use creativity and design to improve our environment.

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    Program Spotlight: Energy and Sustainability

    What is energy? What is Fuel? What is electricity? How do we store it? How do we measure it? How do we transform energy in one form to another? These questions will be answered through a mixture of brief lectures and lots of laboratory experience. Once students are able to answer those questions, they will develop their own experiments to illustrate and expand upon current renewable energy sources. Students may design their own solar cell, hydrogen fuel cell, convert waste heat to usable energy, or culture their own algae as a fuel source. In addition to these lab experiences, the class will visit one at least one company that implements renewable energy, like a solar cell company or power plant. This will give the students to opportunity to see the course concepts in practice.

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