Los Angeles County faces extraordinary environmental challenges that range from earthquakes and wildfires, to water shortages and habitat fragmentation. The burden of collecting useful environmental information on critical issues of sustainability and public health is a daunting task and requires collaborative efforts.
Urban ecology is a multi-disciplinary science that strives to understand the dynamic processes that drive the changes observed in urbanized landscapes. These drivers may be physical, such as climate and topography and biodiversity as well as human social factors.
Better understanding the changes to our ecosystems requires the collection of an enormous amount of data. In response, traditional academic research teams must approach community members, who, in turn, must be trained in order to create effective research teams. The training of community members supports environmental justice efforts within affected communities and helps develop a base for expanded green job opportunities and a workforce with exceptional science, technology, engineering and math capabilities.
The Second District, the Empowerment Congress and Loyola Marymount’s Center for Urban Resilience and Ecological Solutions’ are collaborating to engage residents in this effort to develop Citizen Scientists. Through a series of workshops and completion of actual field projects, residents, teachers and students can acquire the tools they need in order to take leadership roles in the gathering of critical environmental data which they can use to better the ecosystem and social health of their communities.
- August 2nd, 3rd, 4th from 9am-3pm each day in Room 324 William H. Hannon Library at Loyola Marymount University (please check in at the security booth located on the Lincoln blvd campus entrance)
- Open to teachers (Grades 5-12), after school professionals, and interested citizens wishing to conduct scientific investigations in their own neighborhood who agree to attend all three days and to pioneer the curriculum in their own schools and communities
- The program will feature projects on bird bioacoustics, biodiversity, water quality, and urban gardens
- There is no charge for participation as support will be provided by the National Science Foundation, Los Angeles County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas and Loyola Marymount University
- SPACE IS LIMITED SO RESERVATIONS ARE REQUIRED
Contact: Ms. April Sandifer at UrbanEco@lmu.edu (310) 338-2343. This is the first of a series of workshops to be held over the next year, and you are welcome to sign up for any of the workshops.