NKU Research Foundation and CINSAM offering hands-on biomonitoring citizen field camp

For immediate release…
Tuesday – June 4, 2013

By Lindsay Hardebeck

NKU Marketing & Communications Intern

HIGHLAND HEIGHTS, Ky. - The Northern Kentucky University Research Foundation and the Center for Integrative Natural Science and Mathematics have partnered to sponsor a hands-on assessment field camp on citizen-based biomonitoring June 27-29.

Citizen scientists will learn how to use technologies and assessment tools to supply professionals and agencies with credible data on the condition of aquatic environments in the region. This 2.5-day camp provides citizen scientists the protocols and techniques to justify stream bioassessment and habitat quality evaluation.

The program is not only rewarding for those involved in assessing their local environmental resources, but can also be an asset to government agencies in monitoring the regional health of the ecosystem, said Dr. Richard Durtsche, associate professor and director of the program.

The group, led by Dr. Durtsche and regents professor Dr. Miriam Steinitz Kannan, both from the NKU Department of Biological Sciences, along with NKU student scholars, will camp at Big Bone Lick State Park Friday night to access a variety of nearby streams. The department will provide camping supplies and travel to the park.

Participants will earn a Certificate of Training in Stream Bioassessment upon completion.

The program is a follow-up activity to the Technology to Empower Citizen Scientists Workshop, sponsored by NKU, Green Umbrella, Confluence, Vision 2015 and the US Environmental Protection Agency, that took place at NKU in March. That workshop engaged watershed stewardship groups, entrepreneurs, government agencies and scientists from across the nation in crafting a shared vision for stream biodiversity monitoring.

The cost of the camp is $35, which includes a water quality app for iPhone/iPod, transportation to the campsite, tent lodging and three meals (lunch and dinner on Friday, breakfast on Saturday). The program will begins June 27 at NKU and ends June 29 at Big Bone Lick State Park.

To register, visit http://nkuconnections.nku.edu. For more information contact the NKU Connect Center at (859) 572-5600 or connect@nku.edu.

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