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Environmental Project Brings Classroom Lesson to Life

October 20, 2016

Students in the learning community, Sustainability and the Environment, spent the morning of Monday, Oct. 3, at the natural area behind Murphy Hall, where they put what they’ve learned in the classroom into action by helping to control the invasive species pale swallow-wort on the site.

Members of the Sustainability Learning Community help clear Swallow-wort from campus.

The learning community is taught by Dr. Mike Boller, associate professor of biology, and Dr. Deborah Uman, professor of English and chair of the department.

“Swallow-wort is one of the most damaging invasive plants in New York State, with the potential to take over any open landscape and interfere with the regrowth of native forest,” said Virginia Maier, adjunct associate professor and health professions advisor.

The combined work of these students, along with Boller and Maier, resulted in 19 trash bags of pale swallow-wort collected and disposed of, removing tens of thousands of seeds that could have dispersed from or onto Fisher’s landscape this year.