Forum Theme 1
As a professor in the Biology Department at UNI, one of my primary jobs is to teach young Iowans about ecology and the conservation of biodiversity. When I first encounter students in my classes, many view “nature” or “biodiversity” as unfamiliar and distant, perhaps something to be visited or experienced on vacation. I aim to teach these students about the historic transformation of Iowa’s landscape, the ways in which human activities alter the state’s ecosystems, and what ecologists and conservation biologists are doing to promote the conservation and restoration of biodiversity in Iowa. But learning is a two-way street. A handful of students enter my classes with a strong appreciation for nature and a deep desire to work for improved environmental quality. These students have taught me a great deal about making a home and working for conservation in Iowa.
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UNIversitas: Journal of Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activity: Vol. 12
, Article 6.
Available at: https://scholarworks.uni.edu/universitas/vol12/iss1/6