Environmental Science and Restoration Ecology

The Chesapeake Bay is the largest estuary in the United States and home to 17 million people.  The restoration of the Bay is a litmus test for humanity; if we pass the test we can keep the Planet.  In this course we will investigate the pieces, patterns, and processes that affect the health of the Chesapeake Bay.  Historical threats such as sedimentation, eutrophication, and land-use remain while climate change, sea level rise and coastal resiliency are becoming increasingly important.  Through laboratory and field studies students will build a robust toolbox of primary research techniques.  This course can be combined with another semester of Environmental Science to prepare students to take the College Board’s Advanced Placement exam in the spring.