CFR521G: 2 graded credits
In this course, we will first have an overview of phytoremediation, the use of plants to solve environmental pollution problems. The rest of the meeting times will be presentations of current papers by the students followed by class discussion. Grading of this 2-credit course will be based on the student presentation of a paper (this can be a group presentation if desired), two short writing assignments that summarize the papers presented in the first and second halves of the course, and overall class participation in discussions.
Topics to be addressed may include the use of plants to attempt to restore the lands mined for oil sands in Alberta, the use of microbial partnerships with plants to aid in remediation of pollutants, the latest in plant biotechnological methods for improving plant degradation of pollutants, phytomining to extract metals from mine tailings, riparian plantings to protect streams from agricultural chemicals, restoration of brownfields (industrial wastelands), and native plants for removing radionuclides at Hanford nuclear facility.
Although the course is designed for graduate students, advanced undergraduates are welcome to take the course as well.
Current Topics in Phytoremediation- CFR521G
Presentation Schedule- Winter Quarter 2012
Jan 11- Explosives (TNT&RDX): Andrea Slusser, Leann Andrews, and Kevin Dillon
Jan 18- Snow Day (UW Suspended Operations)
Jan 25- Solvents (TCE): George Lee, Tera Hatfield, and Amita Banerjee
Pesticides/Herbicides: Ellen Sherck and Rhiannon Fox
Feb 1- BTEX/Petroleum: David Tomlinson, Emily Griffith, and Jen Janousek
Feb 8- PAHs/PCBs: Jordan Bell and Dan Shaw
Feb 15- Mercury: Marian Hanson
Feb 22- Heavy metals such as Cd, Pb, Zn; Andrew Fraser, Betsy, and Evan Henrich
Feb 29- Excess Nutrients: Delia Lacson and Jess Michalak AND Arsenic: Katherine Jacobs and Rosemary Baker
Mar 7- No class (Prof. Doty needs to be at a meeting in D.C.)