Workshops and Institutes

Hudson River Ecology and Invasive Species

August 12, 2013 - August 13, 2013


In 1991 the zebra mussel, originally from Eastern Europe, invaded the Hudson River and began a rapid spread that dramatically changed the river ecosystem.

Teachers will come away from this two-day workshop with strategies for using the AMNH River Ecology website with students, field techniques for studying aquatic ecosystems, and video and written resources for teaching about the zebra mussel invasion.

This workshop will help with teaching middle and high school ecology through a case study approach. We will explore almost 25 years of data that biologists at the Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies collected on factors such as the cloudiness of the water, temperature, and how many and what types of organisms live in the river. Videos of scientists at work in the field along with written accounts will be used to understand the history of the zebra mussel invasion and its impact on the environment. An interactive graphing tool will allow teachers to look for patterns in the data and construct scientific explanations about the interactions of the living and non-living components of the ecosystem. Museum exhibits will be used to investigate ecological principles and we will travel to the Hudson River to try out some of the data collection techniques used by river ecologists.

Stipend Available.

This project is a collaboration between the American Museum of Natural History and The Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies.

Funding for this web site provided by the National Science Foundation Grant # DRL-0918560.