"JCSU SEEDS" » Charlotte, North Carolina
The purpose of the Johnson C. Smith University Ecology Club is to teach ecology to all students; to be good stewards of the planet and our community; to be better observers and questioners; to make ecology the central focus of our studies; and, to be a student of ecology all our lives.
Plans for 2010-2011
- We will plant another 50 trees and try to put in several large trees in the school mall to replace some non-native species there. We will visit and explore Fail-Thompson farm in Georgia. I hope to find an elementary school class to teach ecology too once per week and that would be with seeds students. We will attempt bird counts at Pee Dee National Wildlife Reserve. We will have our journal club meetings once per two weeks. I am reinstituting seeds academic fellowships using funds from UNCF-SEEDS…about $500/semester per student if they agree to infuse ecology into their curriculum.
We are cooperating with Appalachain State on a Lidar analysis of forests of the piedmont…three SEEDS students and myself.
Activities of 2009-2010
- We plant trees and have gotten 100 new ones in the ground.
- We have visited my farm in Georgia and will do that again.
- We have met a few times for journal club and will continue that.
- We have taken field trips to: a quarry, power plant, sewage treatment plant, a local forest where we measured community structure, state park, and have done a walking tour of the downtown area looking at urban ecology. These were accomplished through our SEEDS-ESA grant.
- Dr. Joseph Fail, Jr.
- Dr. Inna Sokolova