Reclamation in Teaching
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Reclamation sciences are incorporated into undergraduate curricula in various ways, from major requirements to electives, and from in-class to in the field. Teaching reclamation sciences is critical for developing the next generation of reclamationists and engaging in conversation around reclamation pedagogy is critical for continued innovation in teaching. This webinar will feature three academics engaged in teaching reclamation in various contexts and at various institutions. Each instructor will provide an overview of their course, highlighting particularly effective pedagogy, followed by an informal conversation around challenges faced and lessons learned.
Kenton Sena is a lecturer in the Lewis Honors College at the University of Kentucky, where he teaches the honors foundations seminar (HON 101), as well as Restoration Ecology in the Commonwealth (HON 152) and The Ecology of Middle-Earth: Environmental themes in Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings (HON 301). His research engages in forest restoration in both reclaimed surface coal mines in Appalachia and reforested urban sites in central Kentucky.
Jennifer Franklin is a Professor in the Department of Forestry, Wildlife and Fisheries at the University of Tennessee. She teaches courses in ecosystem restoration, tree physiology, and prescribed fire management, and directs the Restoration and Conservation Science concentration within the Forestry major. Since 2003 her research has focused on restoring native hardwood forests to reclaimed surface mines of the eastern US, identifying factors important in the successful establishment of native plant communities.
Brad Pinno is an Assistant Professor – Silviculture in the Department of Renewable Resources, University of Alberta. He has conducted extensive research in forest land reclamation and silviculture collaborating with industry, academic and government partners. His forest land reclamation research focuses on re-establishing forests after oil sands mining in the boreal forests of northern Alberta. He teaches Introductory Field School, Silviculture, and Forest Operations with a focus on field experiences and connecting operational treatments to management objectives.