Digital Portfolio Graham Cote

May 6, 2018


Week 2: The meadowlands & intro

Week 3: Desert Solitaire

Week 5: Fanaticism of the Apocalypse

Week 6 Nature:

Week 7: Nature 2

Week 12: Placing Animals (presented with Delanie Baker)

Week 13: What we Think about when we try not to think about global warming

Project proposal:

Project Presentation:

Digital Portfolio- Matthew Yung

May 6, 2018


Week 2 – Meadowlands

Week 3 – Desert Solitaire

Week 4 – Fanaticism of the Apocalypse

Week 6 – Nature I

Week 7 – Nature II

Week 8 – Eating Animals

Week 11 – Environment and Society

Week 12 – Placing Animals

Project Proposal


Digital Portfolio

May 6, 2018

W J 24 Week 2: “Trouble with Wilderness” & The Meadowlands, Cronon and Sullivan

W J 31 Week 3: Desert Solitaire

W F 7: No class

W F 14: Week 5: The Fanaticism of the Apocalypse Bruckner

W F 21: Week 6: Nature.1 Coates

W F 28: Week 7: Nature.2 Coates

W M 7: Week 8: Eating Animals Foer

W M 14: Spring Break

W M 21: Dinner at Krygier’s house

W M 28 Week 11: Environment and Society Robins et al.

W A 4: Week 12: Placing Animals Urbanik

Week 13: What We Think About When We Try Not To Think About Global Warming: Toward A New Psychology of Climate Action Stoknes

Delanie “Monkeybars” Baker Digital Portfolio

May 6, 2018
  1. Week 2: “The Trouble with Wilderness” & The Meadowlands , Cronon and Sullivan
  2. Week 3: Desert Solitaire Abbey
  3. Week 5: The Fanaticism of the Apocalypse Bruckner
  4. Week 6: Nature.1 Coates
  5. Week 7:Nature.2 Coates
  6. Week 8: Eating Animals Foer
  7. Week 11: :Environment and Society Robins et al.
  8. Week 12: Placing Animals Urbanik – No post, presented
  9. Week 13:What We Think About When We Try Not To Think About Global Warming: Toward a New Psychology of Climate Action (entire book). Stoknes – No post, overwhelmed.


Digital Portfolio

May 6, 2018

W J 17: Introduction to Course & Course Project

W J 24: Cronon “The trouble with wilderness” + Sullivan: The Meadowlands

W J 31: Abbey: Desert Solitaire

W F 7: No class

W F 14: Bruckner: The Fanaticism of the Apocalypse

W F 21: Coates: Nature

W F 28: Coates: Nature

W M 7: Foer: Eating Animals

W M 14: Spring Break!

W M 21: Meet at Krygier’s house + good news environmental news item

W M 28: Robins et al.: Environment & Society – No post. I presented

W A 4: Urbanik: Placing Animals – I was sick and forgot to create a blog post.

W A 11: Stoknes: What We Think About When We Try Not To Think About Global Warming: Toward a New Psychology of Climate Action – Just forgot to post, no legitimate excuse.

W A 18: Project Presentations

W A 25: Project Presentations

W A 2: No Class meeting

Link for reading (presenter): Presented with Matt Burke. I did not post

Links to blog posting of current events:

First news link (forgot to add news item for the first blog post – W J 24)

Second news link (W M 21)

Link to project proposal

Link to project presentation

Link to course project report

Link to Google folder with more information regarding the course project

Project Report

May 6, 2018

Delaware Run Greenway
May 2018
Lucas Farmer, Justin Smith

This project was based on the water quality of Delaware Run. The idea is for this project is to help gather more information regarding the pollutants that are in the Run. The information gathered will be used in a formal community meeting to discuss what further actions need to be in order to help clean the river and other aspects of the whole project initiative. Currently we do not have results of the water samples as Justin and I are still working on collecting samples. We are specifically looking at the E. coli content in Delaware. By having multiple sample sites, we are also trying to pin point the primary source of where the river is being contaminated by E. coli.

Methods and Results:
John Krygier was the primary source of information and gave some structure as what was expected of both Justin and I to do throughout the semester. To start we needed to familiarize ourselves with what data has already been collected. This initial data and information can be found on a google drive folder that was shared with everyone.

As the weather started to get warmer and more tolerable for field work, we went out to take pictures. These pictures were taken while walking Delaware Run. Starting at the bridge off 37 (W Central) near Miller Country Gardens. From there pictures were taking of different infrastructures and drainage pipes, along with various pieces of garbage. Pictures were taken of Delaware Run just past Houk road. Also, I have put the images into a google map showing exactly where my pictures were taken for future reference.

Once there were photos of some drainage outlets we were able to roughly establish points where we would be able to conduct water samples. Using ArcMap, we were able to generate a map of the Run as well as 19 potential sample sites. We met with Caroline from the Public Utilities Department for Delaware county to give us instruction as to how we were to collect appropriate samples. She then gave us a list of locations she came up with for sampling. Some spots being similar to the ones I created Justin and I decided to follow her guide to the 5 sample sites she gave us. We were given 30 sample bottles to conduct the sampling and to then be brought back to the facility for testing.

1. Northwest City limits – City Owned parcel (51923201001000) southside of SR 37, across from Lantern Chase Dr.
2. City owned parcel (51933101022002) East side of Houk Rd. south of SR 37. Has access driveway.
3. Hidden Valley Golf Course (Northwest corner seems closest access)
4. Blue Limestone Park
5. S. Franklin St.

Five locations for sampling were established. Starting at the Northwest going down river, Justin and I gathered our samples. We used two sampling jars for each site. This was done in order to help get more accurate data from the testing. We went out and collected samples at each site Thursday May 3, 2018 around noon. We are going to go out again on Monday and Tuesday of next week to gather the rest of the samples.

Sampling Procedure:
• Take 1-2 steps upstream, reach out your arm, and collect the sample upstream form where you ae standing. It is recommended that you wear rubber gloves.
• Open the bottle and remember to not touch the inside of the bottle or the cap with your hands.
• Rinse the bottle and lid three times.
• Hold the bottle near its base and plunge it with the top facing downwards into the water to 3-5 inches below the surface or at approximately wrist level. Don’t worry if you cannot get the bottle to this exact distance. Just try to avoid sampling water from the surface.
• Turn the bottle into the current (upstream) and wait for it to fill.
• Bring the bottle up, pour out some water so that there is 1 inch of air space and close and tighten the bottle with its lid or cap.
• Place the sample in a cooler with ice packs to be transported back to the testing facility.
• Be sure to record all necessary information on field data sheets.

Once we have the samples and have the results we will then be able to add that data in ArcMap, specifically into the attributes table for each of the five sample sites. Also, I will be making a map through google maps showing the exact location of where sampling was done.

Water quality testing: Locations have been set and can easily be a project for future students. There has been a lot of data that has been collected and can be found in one primary location, google drive. It can be easily accessed for future additions from projects. This can be a very environmentally beneficial project if more and more students worked on this each semester over time. Delaware Greenway has a lot more ideas and plans that students can get involved with if they don’t want to do anything with the river itself. To make this project better I think more people need to be involved to get a lot more data and start making progress on some smaller aspects of the overall project. The best way to do this is having more classes like
GEOG: 360 where students have to do semester long projects. Also, they should be exposed to the project. If no one knows about the project nothing can get done.

Lucas Farmer-
Justin Smith-
John Krygier-
Caroline Cicerchi-
Ted Miller-

Appendix: Attached will be a link to all data and information regarding this project. All stored on a google drive folder.


digital portfolio, Mohid Naseer

May 6, 2018

1) Cronon “The Trouble with Wilderness” + Sullivan The Meadowlands (01/24/2018)

2) David Solitaire by Edward Abbey (1/31/2018)

3)  The fanaticism of the apocalypse by Peter Bruckner, 02/07/2018.

4) Nature by Peter Coates in two parts. Feb 22nd and Feb 28th 2018.  It was my turn to present along Eric Davis on February 28th.

5) Eating Animals by Jonathan Safran Foer. 03/06/2018.

6) Environment and society. March 28th.

7) Placing animals by Julie Urbanik. April 4th.

8) Project proposal April 6th

9) What We Think About When We Try Not To Think About Global Warming: Toward a New Psychology of Climate Action by Per Espen Stoknes.

10) Project presentation. April 25th

11) Project reports. May 6th

eating animal by Mohid Naseer

May 6, 2018

Eating Animals by Jonathan Safran Foer is a very enjoyable book written on the history and culture of eating animals in the US. It covers the process used to slaughter animals and the cruel treatment received by poor animals on the farm. It brings out a lot of intense arguments about which animal to eat and which not to and where do we draw the moral line of eating animals. It is a compelling book which forces once to reconsider eating meat. The book offers interesting debate on different animal eating practices and the impacts of that on the environment. One can disagree with a lot of content of the book, although it is fair to say that most of the arguments are well-thought and very cleverly put.

placing animals by Mohid Naseer

May 6, 2018

Julie Urbanik has written a book highlighting the relationship we share with animals across our daily lives. It forces us to look and understand the bonds we form with animals on different levels and why we do that. It is a fantastic read because it makes you think about animals from a completely different and previously unread perspective of geography. It is amazing to see how geography can impact the human mindset of being able to accept what animal can be eaten and what can be not. It is one of the first books in which animals have been studied based on their geographical location.

The section of the book that talks about the farm life in the US and highlights how much meat we consume here also helped me give perspective for my project for the impact of meat consumption at OWU on the environment. It makes me sad and blows my mind to see just how much meat is consumed and the number is totally unacceptable and way above where it should be. The thing that I really appreciated about this book was the history of cultural animal geography and how she talks about different times in the past throughout the book. Overall, it was an interesting read and I got to learn a lot about how geography has a lot to do with what humans feel about a particular animal.

environment and society by Mohid Naseer

May 6, 2018

I found environment and society to be an interesting read. It was a bit all over the place as I felt the authors were trying to cover too many things. It is definitely a dense book with a lot of content. The book is not exactly great or exciting but it raises questions and answers them adequately. In the book, the authors discuss how economic markets can have a certain impact on the population and I think that is an excellent way to come up with explanations although the answers we get might not always be correct.

The book covers a lot and could attract a different kind of readers but at the same time, everyone may not agree with the theories and answer this book is trying to answer about environmental ethics. Personally, I liked the examples that were used to connect questions about ecology, environmental challenges, climate change and how the authors explained the scientific, political and economic reasoning behind these problems. To conclude, it wasn’t one of the best books I read but it definitely helped in giving me more perspective on environmental problems.