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Rutgers New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station [Rutgers Environmental Stewards]

Lecture Notes, Readings and Resources for the Rutgers Environmental Steward Training Program - 2006 -2012

Note: If only one resource is available for a lecture you'll be linked directly to that item, otherwise you'll reach a second page at which you can select from a list.

2014 Lecture Notes

These lectures are for the Belvidere and Atlantic County class locations. Students at Duke and Middlesex should check the Sakai site for those lectures which are posted in the Resource Section of the site.

1. Subject: Geology of New Jersey
Lecturer: Dr. Don Monteverde

2. Subject: Soil and the Environment
Lecturer: Dr. Stephanie Murphy
Subject: Soil Health
Lecturere: Eileen Miller, NRCS

3. Subject: Health and the Indoor Environment
Lecturer: Dr. Joseph Ponessa
Mold Remediation in Schools and Commercial Buildings EPA Booklet 402
(pdf)
Lead Paint Safety- A USHUD field guide (pdf)

4. Subject: Sustainable Fisheries
Lecturer: Dr. Olaf Jensen

5. Subject: The Limits of Science
Lecturer: Jan Zientek
The Limits of Science (2.4 mb pdf)
Materials to be read for discussion in class:
The Producer Strategy (4 MB PDF)
Effect of Sample Size on a "normal" distribution (20 Mb Wav(Windows movie))
Interactive site to help understand a "normal" distribution
(link)

6. Renewable Energy
Lecturer: Dave Specca
Renewable Energy Links
BioEnergy Resource Spreadsheet

 

2013 Lecture Notes

See 2012 and earlier for appropriate lecture

2012 Lecture Notes

1. Subject: Geology of New Jersey
Lecturer: Dr. Don Monteverde

2. Subject: Soil and the Environment
Lecturer: Dr. Stephanie Murphy

3. Climate Change
Lecturers: Dr Anthony Broccoli(3.9MB PDF) Dr. Dave Robinson (5.5 MB PDF)

4. Subject: Health and the Indoor Environment (3.1 MB PDF)
Lecturer: Dr. Joseph Ponessa
Mold Remediation in Schools and Commercial Buildings EPA Booklet 402
(pdf)
Lead Paint Safety- A USHUD field guide (pdf)

5. Subject: Wildlife and People Pt. 1 (15Mb pdf)
Wildlife and People Pt.2 (17.4 Mb pdf)
Lecturer: Dr. Emile Devito
Prevention and Control of Wildlife Damage Handbook(Link)
Warning: Pesticide and supply sections are woefully out of date (1994), but the life-cycle and cultural control info is still among the best.
Students interested in rare plants can subscribe by going to the NJ Field Botany website.

6. Subject: The Limits of Science
Lecturer: Jan Zientek
The Limits of Science (2.4 mb pdf)
Materials to be read for discussion in class:
The Producer Strategy (4 MB PDF)
Effect of Sample Size on a "normal" distribution (20 Mb Wav(Windows movie))
Interactive site to help understand a "normal" distribution
(link)

7. Subject: Property Rights and the Environment: Baptists, Bootleggers and Spotted Owls Lecturer: Jack Rabin
"Battling Bad Science" Ted Talk

8. Science and Precaution
Lecturer: Dr. Peter Montague
Handouts
Video Ecture: Dr. Montague as recorded in 2011 by RES Ed English

9. Renewable Energy
Lecturer: Dave Specca

10. Storm Water Management and Rain Gardens
Lecturers: Dr. Amy Rowe and Dr. Chris Obropta
Water Conservation and Managment - Amy Rowe
INTRODUCTION TO SUSTAINABLE STORMWATER MANAGEMENT DESIGN - Chris Obropta

11. Influencing Others
Lecturer: Dr. Mary Powers Nikola

12. Invasive Species
Lecturer: Bruce Barbour
The Weeds in Natures Garden
Ecology 101 in 5 minutes
eXtension Invasives Species Web Site brochure

13. Local Techniques & Ordinances for Environmental Protection
Lecturer: Sandy Batty, Dave Pieffer, ANJEC

14. Leadership: Influence & Challanging Situations
Lecturer: Dr. Mary Powers Nikola

15. Intro to Water Quality Monitoring
Lecturer: Lisa Evrard

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2011 Lecture Notes

1. Subject: The Leadership Challange
Lecturer: Dr. Mary Powers Nikola

2. Subject: Geology of New Jersey
Lecturer: Drs. Volkert, Monteverde, Sugarman

3. Subject: The Coastal Environment
Lecturer: Cara Muscio

4. Subject: Health and the Indoor Environment (3.7 MB PDF)
Lecturer: Dr. Joseph Ponessa

5. Climate Change
Lecturers: Dr Anthony Broccoli(3.9MB PDF) Dr. Dave Robinson (4.9 MB PDF)

6. Local Techniques and Ordinances for Environmental Protection
Lecturer: Dave Pfieffer, Association of NJ Environmental Commissions (ANJEC)

7. Subject: Problem Solving and Conflict Resolution
Lecturer: Dr. Mary Powers Nikola

8. Bowman's Hill Field Trip
Handouts: The Plan Stewardship Index and Database User's Guide,
PSI Fee and Free Services

9. Subject: Enlightened Mosquito Control (5.5MB PDF)
Lecturer: Dr. Dina Fonseca

2010 Lecture Notes

1. Subject: Leadership Challenge
Leadership and Influence (ACUA Session)
Lecturer: Dr. Mary Powers Nikola

2. Subject: Geology of New Jersey
Lecturer: Drs. Volkert, Monteverde, Sugarman

3. Subject: Soil and the Environment ( 4.4 MB PDF )
Lecturer: Dr. Stephanie Murphy

4. Climate Change
Lecturers: Dr. Dave Robinson (5.5MB PDF), Dr Anthony Broccoli (5.3MB PDF)

5. Subject: Health and the Indoor Environment (2.6 MB PDF)
Lecturer: Dr. Joseph Ponessa

6. Subject: The Limits of Science
Lecturer: Jan Zientek
The Limits of Science (2.4 mb pdf)
Materials to be read for discussion in class:
The Producer Strategy (4 MB PDF)
Effect of Sample Size on a "normal" distribution (20 Mb Wav(Windows movie))
Interactive site to help understand a "normal" distribution
(link)

7. Subject: Wildlife and People Pt. 1 (5Mb pdf)
Wildlife and People Pt.2
Lecturer: Dr. Emile Devito
Prevention and Control of Wildlife Damage Handbook(Link)
Warning: Pesticide and supply sections are woefully out of date (1994), but the life-cycle and cultural control info is still among the best.
1. Students interested in rare plants can subscribe by going to the NJ Field Botany website.
2. Students interested in a couple of rare plant workdays:
Sunday, Feb 28: Main Item : Hike to a relatively unexplored sand dune area in the Franklin Parker Preserve, check to see if Governors Hill Broom Crowberry is blooming, and perhaps do some pitch pine pruning/rare plant site management in an old gravel pit if time allows & snow is nearly gone.
Sundays, March 21 and 28: Brendan Byrne SF: Whitesbog Shingle Pile AND Wharton SF: Friendship / Carranza site management. Waiting to hear which day will be which from state agencies……..
3. Two recent articles from fall 2009 about New Jersey Forest issues!

8. Subject: Property Rights and the Environment: Baptists, Bootleggers and Spotted Owls Lecturer: Jack Rabin

9. Subject: Leadership and Influence
Lecturer: Dr. May Powers Nikola

ACUA Session - Leadership and Influence
Other Sections - Leadership and Influence

10. Subject: Enlightened Mosquito Control
Lecturer: Dr. Dina Fonseca

2009 Lecture Notes

1. Subject: Leadership Challenge
Leadership and Influence (Atlantic County Session)
Lecturer: Dr. Mary Powers Nikola

2. Subject: Geology of New Jersey
Lecturer: Drs. Volkert, Monteverde, Sugarman

3. Subject: Soil and the Environment ( 8.5 MB PDF )
Lecturer: Dr. Stephanie Murphy

4. Subject: NJ Climate Change (4 MB PDF)
Lecturers: Dr. Dave Robinson

2009 EPA report for those with coastal interests:
Coastal Sensitivity to Sea-level Rise: A Focus on the Mid-Atlantic Region

5. Subject: Health and the Indoor Environment (2.5 MB PDF)
Lecturer: Dr. Joseph Ponessa

6. Storm Water Management and Rain GardensPart 1 (6 MB PDF)
Rain Gardens Part 2 (10 MB PDF)
Rain Gardens Part 3 (6MB PDF)
The Rain Garden Movie (64 MB WMV File)
Lecturers: Dr. Chris Obropta, Greg Rusciano, Amy Boyajian

7. Subject: Invasive Species: The Weeds in Nature's Garden (1.9 Mb pdf)
Lecturer: Bruce Barbour
Plant Ecology 101 in 5 minutes (22 kb Word file)
Good web site for native meadow seed and info: ernstseed.com
NJ Supplemental Deer Fencing Program Evaluation

"Mistaken Identity? Invasive Plants and their Native Look-alikes: an Identification Guide for the Mid-Atlantic" 
 

8. Subject: The Limits of Science
Lecturer: Jan Zientek
The Limits of Science (3.4 mb pdf)
Materials to be read for discussion in class:
The Producer Strategy (4 MB PDF)
Effect of Sample Size on a "normal" distribution (20 Mb Wav(Windows movie))
Interactive site to help understand a "normal" distribution
(link)

9. Wildlife and People Pt. 1 (5Mb pdf)
Wildlife and People Pt.2
Lecturer: Dr. Emile Devito
Prevention and Control of Wildlife Damage Handbook(Link)
Warning: Pesticide and supply sections are woefully out of date (1994), but the life-cycle and cultural control info is still among the best.

10 Subject: Science and Precaution
Lecturer: Dr. Peter Montague

11. Influencing Others (596 Kb pdf)
Lecturer: Dr. Mary Powers Nikola

12. Leadership, Influence, Conflict (434 Kb pdf)
Lecturer: Dr. Mary Powers Nikola

13. Water Quality Monitoring
Lecturer: Lisa Evrard


 

2008 Lecture Notes

1. Subject: Leadership (0.6 MB PDF)
Lecturer: Dr. Mary Powers Nikola

"Who Should We Follow?"
A cogent on-line lecture by Michael MacCoby, who teaches leadership at the Brookings Institution and Oxford University's Said School of Business.that compliments Dr. Nikolas thoughts on leadership.

2. Subject: Geology of New Jersey
Lecturer: Drs. Volkert, Monteverde, Sugarman

3. Subject: Soil and the Environment ( 8.5 MB PDF )
Lecturer: Dr. Stephanie Murphy

4. Subject: NJ's Changing Climate (6.5 MB PDF)
Lecturers: Dr. Dave Robinson

The Climate Ahead: Global Changes and Local Impacts (5 Mb PDF)
Dr. Anthony Broccoli
Stabilization Wedges: A Concept & Game (1.6 MB Pdf)

5. Subject: Health and the Indoor Environment (2.2 MB PDF)
Lecturer: Dr. Joseph Ponessa

6. Subject: Land Preservation in NJ (10.4 MB PDF)
Lecturers: Jon Wagar, Mike Catania, Conservation Resources Inc.

7. Subject: Invasive Species: The Weeds in Nature's Garden (1.9 Mb pdf)
Lecturer: Bruce Barbour

8. Subject: Stormwater Management
Lecturer: Dr. Christopher Obropta
Stormwater 101 (3.1 Mb pdf)
Best Management Practices (BMPs) (2.6 Mb pdf)
Design & Implementation of Stormwater BMPs
(5.8 Mb pdf)

9. Subject: Renewable Energy
Lecturer: Dave Specca
Renewable Energy (2.3 MB PDF)
NJ Bioenergy Report (4 MB PDF)
NJ Clean Energy Program (1.8 MB PDF)

10. Subject: The Limits of Science
Lecturer: Jan Zientek
The Limits of Science (3.4 mb pdf)
Materials to be read for discussion in class:
The Producer Strategy (4 MB PDF)
Water Managers in Arizona (321kB PDF)
Contested Legitimacy (162 kB pdf)
Interview with Mark Schapiro: author of a book on hidden toxics that nicely illustrates some consequensces of Europes preference for precautionary regulation vs the US's risk based approach. (Link to NPR on-line recording)

11. Wildlife and People (5Mb pdf)
Lecturer: Joe Paulin
Prevention and Control of Wildlife Damage Handbook(Link)
Warning: Pesticide and supply sections are woefully out of date (1994), but the life-cycle and cultural control info is still among the best.

12. Science and Precaution (100 kb pdf)
Lecturer: Dr. Peter Montague

13. Influencing Others (480 Kb pdf)
Lecturer: Dr. Mary Powers Nikola

14. Local Techniques & Ordinances for Environmental Protection (1Mb each)
Lecturer: ANJEC
Essex Version
Atlantic Version
Duke Version

15. Bowman's Hill Wildflower Preserve Field Trip
Floristic Assessment and Analysis (5.2 Mb pdf)
Lecturer: Jeanine Vannais

16. Leadership, Conflict and Challenging Situations (629 Kb pdf)
Lecturer: Dr. May Powers Nikola

17. Land Use 101
Lecturers: Drs. Stuart Meck and Paul Gottleib
Outline
NJ Land Use Law

18. Water Quality Monitoring
Lecturer: Lisa Evrard

ATLANTC COUNTY UTILITY AUTHORITY LECTURES

The Coastal Environment (6.6 mb pdf)
Lecturer: Cara Muscio, Rutgers Marine Agent

Renewable Energy (5 mb pdf)
Lecturers: Rick Dovey and Paul Gallager, ACUA

2007 Lecture Notes

1. Subject: Decision Making and Leadership (0.6 MB PDF)
Lecturer: Dr. Mary Powers Nikola

2. Subject: Geology of New Jersey
Lecturer: Drs. Volkert, Monteverde, Sugarman

Seven PDFs, ranging from 1.7 to 8.8 MB, are offered on a second page.

3. Subject: Soil and the Environment ( 8.5 MB PDF )
Lecturer: Dr. Stephanie Murphy

4. Subject: Climate Change (10.2 MB PDF)
Lecturer: Dr. Dave Robinson

5. Subject: Health and the Indoor Environment (2.2 MB PDF)
Lecturer: Dr. Joseph Ponessa

6. Subject: Land Preservation in NJ(Part 1) (5.6 MB PDF)
Lecturers: Jon Wagar, Mike Catania, Conservation Resources Inc.

7. Subject: The Limits of Science
Lecturer: Jan Zientek
Materials to be read for discussion in class:
The Producer Strategy (4 MB PDF)
Contested Legitimacy (166kB PDF)
Democratization of decision-making process (62 kB pdf)
Local Environmental Groups and the Creation of Social Capital (94 kB PDF)
Public Understanding of Science (129 kB pdf)
Interview with Mark Schapiro: author of a book on hidden toxics that nicely illustrates some consequensces of Europes preference for precautionary regulation vs the US's risk based approach. (Link to NPR on-line recording)

8. Subject: Renewable Energy
Lecturer: Dave Specca
Renewable Energy (2.3 MB PDF)
NJ Bioenergy Report (396 KB PDF)
NJ Clean Energy Program (1.8 MB PDF)

9. Subject: Lake and Pond Restoration (3.1 Mb pdf)
Lecturer: Dr. Christopher Obropta

10. Subject: Invasive Species: The Weeds in Nature's Garden (1.9 Mb pdf)
Lecturer: Bruce Barbour

11. Subject: Plant Stewardship Index (Link)
Field Trip: Bowman's Hill Wildflower Preserve

12. Subject: Leadership: Influence and Conflict (0.8 Mb pdf)
Lecturer: Dr. Mary Powers Nikola

13. Subject: People and Wildlife (5.1 Mb pdf)
Lecturer: Joseph Paulin
Prevention and Control of Wildlife Damage Handbook(Link)
Warning: Pesticide and supply sections are woefully out of date (1994), but the life-cycle and cultural control info is still among the best.

14. Subject: Environmental Enforcement in NJ
Individual lecture notes are attached to the links following each speakers name. Each file is 2 Mb or less.
Duke Class
Lecturers: Doug Vornlocker (Somerset Overview), Nadine Belnay (County Env. Health Act), Peter Leung (local - Bridgewater Twp.)
EcoComplex Class
Lecturers: Thomas Doyle (Burlington Overview), Stan Faher
Environmental Crimes Handbook from the NJ Dept of Law and Public Safety

15. Subject: Water Quality Monitoring (3 Mb pdf)
Lecturer: Lisa Evrard
NJ Surface Water Quality Standards 2006

16. Subject: Covanta Field Trip - Essex Class (1.2 Mb pdf)

 

2006 Lecture Notes

1. Subject: Leadership
Lecturer: Dr. Mary Powers Nikola

This is a direct link to an 860 KB PDF.

2. Subject: Geology of New Jersey
Lecturer: Drs. Volkert, Monteverde, Sugarman

Seven PDFs, ranging from 1.7 to 8.8 MB, are offered on a second page.

3. Subject: Soil and the Environment
Lecturer: Dr. Stephanie Murphy

One 7.2 MB PDF is offered at a second page.

4. Subject: Renewable Energy Resources
Lecturer: Dr. Paula Marie Ward

A large variety of different resources is available from a second page.

5. Subject: Climate Change
Lecturer: Dr. Dave Robinson

 

6. Subject: Land Preservation in NJ(Part 1)
Lecturers: Jon Wagar, Mike Catania, Conservation Resources Inc.

 

7. Subject: Land Preservation (Part2): A Downzoning and Land Preservation Case Histories
Lecturer: Dr. Paul Gottlieb

 

8. Subject: Lake and Pond Restoration
Lecturer: Dr. Christopher Obropta

 

9. Subject: Communicating Effectively
Lecturer: Dr. Mary Powers Nikola

 

10. Subject: Developing Effective Teams
Lecturer: Dr. Mary Powers Nikola

 

11. Subject: Managing Conflict
Lecturer: Dr. Mary Powers Nikola

 

12. Subject: Plant Ecology/Invasive Species
Lecturers: Bruce Barbour, Mary Belko

 

13. Subject: Health and the Indoor Environment
Lecturer: Dr. Joseph Ponessa

 

14. Subject: Risk Perception/ Limits of Science
Lecturer: Jan Zientek

 

15. Subject: Enforcement of Environmental Regulation
Lecturer: Tom Bowen

 

16. Subject: Current Environmental Thought: The Precautionary Principle
Lecturer: Dr. Peter Montague

 

17. Subject: Introduction to Stream Monitoring
Lecturer: Lisa Evrard

 

18. Subject: Invasives Field Trip
Lecturer: Bruce Barbour, Mary Belko

 

19. Subject: Water/Waste Field Trip
Lecturer:

 

20. Subject: Wildlife and the NJ Landscape
Lecturers: Patrick Woerner, Melissa Craddock

 

21. Subject: Stormwater Management
Lecturer: Dr. Christopher Obropta

 

22. Subject: Local Techniques and Ordinances for Environmental Protection
Lecturer: Sandy Batty, Executive Director, Assoc. of NJ Environmental Commissions

 

23. Subject: Graduation, Evaluation Assignments

 

 

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