Coastal marshes that fringe Long Island Sound are dynamic ecosystems between land and sea that provide essential ecosystem services to surrounding communities such as improved water quality, carbon removal to the sediment, and protection from storm surges. However, as these valuable wetlands are increasingly altered by rising seas, invasive species, and increased salinity, there are changes in carbon and nitrogen cycling as well as in plant species composition.
This virtual teacher webinar focused on providing information about a newly developed teaching module based on coastal marsh and sea-level rise research. The research was conducted as part of a 2016 LIS Research Grant awarded to Dr. Beth Lawrence, a University of Connecticut wetland and plant ecologist, who with her team explored the direct and indirect effects of sea-level rise on carbon and nitrogen cycling in coastal marshes. The webinar was led by Lawrence and Kimberly “Ly” Williams, a Smithtown High School master teacher in Long Island who collaborated with Lawrence along with former teacher Candace Cambrial to create the teaching module.
The module covered in this webinar meets Next Generation Science Standards and features five days of interactive activities for grades 9-12 designed to be easily modified and delivered to different skill levels and audiences. It also includes videos with further information about Lawrence’s work and other research on coastal marshes, suggested resources and educational tools for teachers, activity sheets, and access to answer keys for some of the exercises.
The module is ideal for educators who want their students to learn about:
Questions? Email Jimena Perez-Viscasillas at [email protected] for more information on the webinar or access to LIS Educational Resources. For questions on the module, contact Ly Williams at [email protected] or Dr. Beth Lawrence at [email protected].