Teaching and Research RSS Feed

George Ironstack
Each spring, students and staff from the Myaamia Center and students and staff from the Western Program tap ten Sugar maple trees in Peabody Woods.
Becca King
Collage of 3 photos: the woods covered in honeysuckle, a student clearing honeysuckle, and the woods after being cleared of honeysuckleMiami University Natural Areas employee Becca King led groups of volunteers to three honeysuckle-dominated areas, teaching students about invasive species and effective removal strategies.
David Gorchov
Collage of 3 photos: Figure 1–A deer exclosure in the woods. Figure 2–Amur honeysuckle that has been eaten by deer. Figure 3–A student measuring the width of a tree.A major focus of my lab involves the interactions between invasive Amur honeysuckle shrubs and white-tailed deer, which are at much higher densities in the Natural Areas (and many parts of the U.S.) than they were before European-American settlement.
Bill Sparks
Bill Sparks, Assistant Director of the Rec Center's Outdoor Pursuit Center, is interviewed by Jim Reid, Field Manager of the Miami University Natural Areas.
Julie Means
Cerulean warblerThe Natural Areas has the potential to house a lot of bird species. I was surprised to see from some 1938 photos how bare the land was and how much has recovered through the process of succession and land protection.
Dr. James M. Rubenstein
I take the students to the Natural Areas to make sure they are aware they exist. Once they experience them they are bowled over by what they see.
Dr. Mark R. Boardman
healthy streams"Our health and the health of our streams are directly connected." All households have a connection to the stream. All the water we use goes to streams. (And rivers and oceans). The streams clean the water for us – and if we take care of them it is free. High quality life in our home depends upon having high quality streams for our water to go where it can be cleaned economically. Without them, we would have to pay for what nature will do for free.
Dr. Thomas C. H. Klak
Prairie GrassesWith over one thousand acres in the Natural Areas, they provide the opportunity to practically demonstrate what native prairie grasses look like and how to replicate them in our own environment.
William H. Renwick
A field of dirt compressed by tire tracks surrounded by a forestGeography classes frequently use the Natural Areas as outdoor classrooms where students learn about the environment. Among the topics we study are the ecology of forests, stream erosion and flooding, and the lasting impacts of past and present human activities on the environment.