The purpose of the CAWS (Collaboration through Appalachian Watershed Studies) project
is to enhance ecology education at several small Appalachian colleges and universities
by collaborative study of ecosystems using the small watershed approach.
Each of the participating schools maintains and monitors a small watershed for research
and teaching purposes. These watersheds serve as the focus of ecological, geochemical,
and botanical research projects conducted by faculty and students. Students gain valuable
experience and acquire technical skills by studying the watershed in class and in
summer internships. Information collected by researchers at each site are shared online
so that students at any of the participating institutions can access data from any
of the other institutions.
The CAWS project began as a spinoff of the ROCA project. ROCA involved three schools
(Ferrum College, University of the South, and WV Wesleyan College) in collaboration
with the University of Maryland's Appalachian Laboratory. In 2001, with the aid of
a grant from the Mellon Foundation and the Appalachian College Association, three
other institutions were added to the network (Lindsey Wilson, Montreat, and Davis
and Elkins Colleges). King College joined the consortium in 2002. Recently, Ohio Valley
University, Emory and Henry College, Alderson-Broaddus College and Mt. St. Mary's
University have been added to the collaborative group.
Watershed Methods Manual
The manual and its contents can be found here »
If you are interested and would like to know more about the CAWS project please contact
any one of the following collaborators.
Ferrum College — Virginia
Bob R. Pohlad
Professor of Biology and Horticulture
Ph.D. 1978, University of Georgia
Fungal Morphology and Ecology
Microbial Ecology of Forest and Agricultural Ecosystems
Instructional Technology and Science Education
Carolyn L. Thomas
Professor of Environmental Science and Biology
Ph.D. 1984, Virginia Polytechnic Institute.
Lake Nutrient Dynamics
Aquatic Microbial Ecology
Professor of Chemistry and Env. Science
Ph.D. 1976, University of Michigan.
NPS pollution reduction
GIS-based Watershed modeling
Water quality monitoring
Development of polymeric membrane anion selective electrodes
Assistant Professor of Env. Science
Ph.D. , Virginia Polytechnic and State University.
Associate Professor of Agriculture
Ph.D. , University of Georgia.
Pasture and Forage Science
Nutrient cycling in ag systems
University of the South (Sewanee) — Tennessee
Ph.D. 1994, University of Georgia.
Forestry and Geology
Mt. St. Mary's University, Maryland
Associate Professor of Env. Science
Ph.D. 1993, Cornell University.
Aquatic ecology, toxicology, watersheds
Effects of heavy metal pollutants on stream ecosystems
Lindsey Wilson College — Kentucky
Associate Professor of Biology
Davis and Elkins College-West Virginia
Professor of Environmental Science
Montreat College — North Carolina
Integration of Environmental Instrumentation and Laboratory technology in undergraduate
Juvenile Hormone metabolism in application to pesticide development.
Minimal environmental impact pesticides and field test kit development.
Chemical recycling protocols.
Environmental analysis and monitoring.
Monitoring water pollutants by physiological alteration of index species.
Associate professor of Environmental Science
Examining the macro view, looking at the bigger picture.
Plants and animals in the field.
King College — Tennessee
Professor of Biology
Ohio Valley University-West Virginia
Associate Professor of Natural Science and Education
Emory and Henry College
Ph.D., the University of Maryland
Associate Professor of Chemistry
chemistry of natural and polluted water environments.
Rare radioactive isotopes in natural geochemical processes
Ph.D., University of Illinois
Associate Professor of Geography
Assistant Professor of Environmental Science
Assitant Professor of Biology
West Chester University — Pennsylvannia
Assistant Professor of Biology
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