Research Practicum Assisting Communities’ Conservation Efforts

Students presenting at Ridgefield Library

Taught by Dr. Michael Rubbo, a Clinical Associate Professor in the Department of Environmental Studies and Science, ENV 498 is a Research Practicum course that has been assisting multiple communities’ conservation efforts, including mapping wetlands in Mount Pleasant, NY, and conducting biodiversity studies to support a town-wide Natural Resource Inventory in Ridgefield, CT.

This past fall, students presented findings of their water quality monitoring project of Peekskill Hollow Brook, which provides the water supply for Peekskill and a supplemental supply for several neighboring communities. This research will be used to identify threats to the river and ultimately develop mitigation to conserve this resource.

Dr. Rubbo’s community-based research program focuses on providing practical hands-on experience to students while supporting the needs of local municipalities.  

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