Project Description – Steelhead in the Great Lakes

April 30, 2007

My course project was done on Great Lakes Steelhead.  Steelhead are not native to the Great Lakes watershed and as such they are purposefully introduced invader species.  My project delved deep into the world of steelhead from their habits and spawning to the history of the stocking programs and what it is that make us fish for them and why we put them in the lakes at all.  The Ohio DNR runs the steelhead stocking programs as a business, to make a profit.  I used Microsoft Power Point to create a presentation that was 29 slides in length and roughly 38 minuets in time, using many pictures and graphs. 

-Joe Berlyoung

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Project – SWC

April 30, 2007

My project outlined the mission and purpose of the Save the Waves Coalition as well as the inner workings of waves, surfing, and coastline degradation.  It started out with basic lessons about how waves work, the physics behind surfing, and the environmental and social implications of surfing and coastline development.  The presentation gave three case studies and lots of statistics outlining the benefits of surfing and the importance of preserving natural coastline.  Visual displays were used to show the mess that coastal development is causing, but also to reinforce the explanations behind how waves work.  Overall the presentation gave the audience a basic understanding of why groups like SWC are so adamant about preserving natural coastlines (mainly surf break points) and promoting the lifestyle of surfing.


Real project idea

April 30, 2007

My official project was on ecotourism and effects on the natural environment. I found that there is a lot of resources that deal with this issue. One of the problems that I came across was that there were no set conditions that made it qualify as ecotourism. The most interesting thing I leaded about ecotourism making it a better option then regular development but there are still many indirect and direct effects it has on the environment. I though that best way to go about researching the topic was to research your interest and use the resources from there to build the presentation. Some good advice is to start as early as possible, include as many different medias as possible to make it interesting, clear visual aids. And during the presentation slow down to talk clearly and look at the audience as much as possible. But the most important tip make sure to can continually express your excitement for your idea that people hearing it might enjoy it more even if the person may not like the topic. Leslie

Nature, Unsettling of America, How to be Idle and Breakfast of Biodiversity-All rolled up in one

April 25, 2007

Peter Coates’ book Nature was terrible.  The content could have been astounding, however the tone and the way the book was written, almost as a machine, just ruined the whole experience for me.  As a whole i thought the ideas he put forth were very similar to those authors which we have read previously, and I will not be recommending this book to future classes or any one I know (perhaps replace it with Aldo Leopolds’ A Sand County Almanac, Awesome!) 

Wendell Berrys’ book The Unsettling of America also will not be on my favourite books list.  Again the ideas presented were quality yet the manner in which they were presented left a bad taste in my mouth.  I would not suggest this book to future classes. 

Changing things around now, Hodgkinsons’ How to be Idlewas a marvelous book.  It is extremely readable and hard to put down.  I would be hard pressed to find another peice of writing that so eloquently illustrates the quest for idleness and non-productivity.  I would absolutely suggest this book to future classes. 

Breakfast of Biodiversity was also a good book.  It presents intellectual thought about the rain-forests’ destruction as well as presenting scientific information in a readable manner.  The first person accounts of the authors, Perfecto and Vandeermere, also help to illustrate the problems in the rain-forested regions of the globe.  I would suggest reading this book to future classes.    

Joe Berlyoung

Breakfast of Biodiversity

April 18, 2007

I really liked the topic of the book and it focusing on the global problems that rainforests face and how politics play into it. What I think I found most interesting was learning what is affecting the rainforests, it is not just large corporations but there are problems with poverty and the search for bring home food for the family. I liked how the history time line was presented it was more helpful to understanding the background behind deforestation then in some of the other books we have read this semester. I also liked presenting about political ecology a subject that I find very enjoyable and want to learn more about it and how there is a need for ecology to be more effective in today’s societyand how and what can be done to solve them that the disturbance it is not only multinational corporations attempting to take maximum profits, but the over all problem is food insecurity and the lack of land ownership. But I am still questionable as to the future of general environmental protection and conservation and not just the rain forest. Over all loved the book a must keep. Leslie 

BoB reading

April 18, 2007

Reading Review: Week 11


Breakfast of Biodiversity 

This was a very informative book as it shed some light on the global problems that rainforests face and how politics come into play. This book presented a lot of facts that were helpful in understanding the background behind deforestation while remaining interesting, as it was not as thick and heavy with the facts like some of our previous books. It is interesting to learn what is affecting these rainforests, that it is not just large corporations but also a problem with poverty and the search for food. These areas are relief valves. The book brought to my attention a whole other field of study that I never really thought of: political ecology, as politics are ever increasing and needed for ecology to be effective in today’s society. The book gave some valuable insight into ecological problems plaguing the world and methods that can be done to solve them. This has been one of my favorite books so far and it deals with a very interesting but hotly debated topic.



Review for How to be idle

April 18, 2007

Reading Review: Week 10

How to be Idle 

I really enjoyed this book and thought that it fit in nicely reading it over spring break. It was a very easy read and a good change of pace after the harder reads like nature. This book shows that much of American society has to slow down and enjoy life before it passes us by. I really agree with lying around in bed, and I find myself doing this often. It is a time when I do a lot of my thinking and I know people or have heard of them who have pads a paper next to their bed to write down ideas when they come to them.

It feels really good sometimes to just sit back and do nothing but to enjoy your surroundings. This book gives something for a lot of college aged kids to relate to as some just do nothing on the weekends but it is a time to relax and recuperate. I found it interesting the way the book was presented as it depicted a 24-hour cycle of a guy’s life. I liked how Hodgkinson incorporated many philosophers into the book and described how Americans should go against the social norm to be idle. I feel more people should strive to get the most pleasure out of life no matter how that is, if it is by being idle or not.