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ONLINE Rivers Lab: The Book Club for River Geeks

May 28 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm


The Land Ethic and Restoration Today

May’s Virtual Rivers Lab is coming up on Thursday, May 28th. May is typically the last Rivers Lab of the year, since June marks the start of a busy field season. With this in mind, we will wrap up this year’s Rivers Lab with a discussion of environmental ethics as it relates to ecological restoration.

We will be using two resources to guide our conversation: a paper on the lasting impact of Aldo Leopold’s Land Ethic and an article examining the role of soil health in restoring grazing lands. These two sources should help us consider our own relationships to the land as scientists, land stewards, and humans. These papers stray slightly from our typical technical topics. However, Mary hopes that participants bring with them the same critical eye and readiness for discussion.

Please reach out to Mary directly for the Zoom meeting information.

If you have any questions, would like to join the email list, or are interested in participating in one, some, or all of these meetings, please contact Mary McDonnell at: mary@yubariver.org. Additionally, if there are particular areas of river science you are curious about or have a specific paper in mind, please email Mary as soon as possible. She will work to include topics that interest you in the coming months.


About Rivers Lab

Rivers Lab is a paper/report reading and discussion group assembled so that we can, as a community of river lovers, break down the prestigious walls of academic papers to learn more about the systems we care for and have a chance to ask questions, discuss, and enjoy each other’s company.

Rivers Lab is a no pressure environment and a great way to learn more about the ecosystems surrounding us by reading relevant scientific literature. Encourage your friends to join – the more diversity of thought, the merrier!

Here’s how Rivers Lab works:

  1. We will meet from 12:00-1:00 on the last Thursday of every month in SYRCL’s conference room (BYO lunch).
  2. Everyone reads the papers beforehand (1-2 papers per month)
  3. Be on time, show up 5 minutes early even!
  4. If you are able, please bring
    • A copy of the paper (hard or online)
    • Paper / pens / laptop / tablet for taking notes
    • Questions, comments, critiques, compliments about the paper
    • Ideas for future topics and discussions
    • A readiness to practice scientific literacy with your community!

We look forward to some fun and engaging discussions! See you there!



May 28
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
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Mary McDonnell
530-265-5961 ext 216
313 Railroad Ave. #101


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