Collaboration/Outreach

enlarged photo of researcher in fieldIn support of CAWS mission, faculty, staff, and students advance aquatic and watershed sciences through collaborative educational and research programs. These include:

Environmental Aquatic Resource Sensing:
Integrative Graduate Education and Research Training

This Integrative Graduate Education and Research Training (IGERT) program (funding by the National Science Foundation) represents an interdisciplinary, dual-institution (Kent State and Miami University) program focused on Environmental Aquatic Resource Sensing (EARS). The theme of EARS is training of doctoral students in environmental sensing, focused on freshwater resources, accentuated with business experiences, to develop professionals equipped for diverse careers. This program started in July 2009 and runs for 5 years.

Global Lake Ecological Observatory Network

The Global Lake Ecological Observatory Network (GLEON) is a grassroots network of limnologists, ecologists, information technology experts, and engineers who have a common goal of building a scalable, persistent network of lake ecology observatories. Data from these observatories will allow us to better understand key processes such as the effects of climate and landuse change on lake function, the role of episodic events such as typhoons in resetting lake dynamics, and carbon cycling within lakes.

National Ecological Observatory Network

The National Ecological Observatory Network (NEON) will collect data across the United States on the impacts of climate change, land use change and invasive species on natural resources and biodiversity. NEON is a project of the U.S. National Science Foundation, with many other U.S. agencies and NGOs cooperating. NEON will be the first observatory network of its kind designed to detect and enable forecasting of ecological change at continental scales over multiple decades. The data NEON collects will be freely and openly available to all users.

Watershed Education and Research Center

enlarged photo of students and faculty near watershed exhibitCAWS has the potential to interact with a developing collaboration between Hueston Woods State Park and Miami University's Ecology Research Center—the Watershed Education and Research Center. Ann Rypstra, Mike Vanni, Don Kaufman, and Scott Johnston received a National Science Foundation planning grant and have held a series of focus groups to plan the center. In addition, teams of students that include members from architecture, graphic design, interior design, and the sciences are working on plans for the new center to be located at Hueston woods. Read more about this project in the December 2014 Miami press release "You Live In a Watershed!": Student-designed exhibit aims to educate state park visitors.