An interdisciplinary research project in the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics, the College of Natural Resources and the Environment, the College of Engineering, and the School of Education, funded by the National Science Foundation.

Read about the Davis Mine Project in the UMass Alumni Magazine.

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Project description

This project is an interdisciplinary collaboration among experts in geology, microbiology, environmental engineering and science education to study the natural remediation of Acid Mine Drainage (AMD) at the Davis Mine, in Rowe, MA. AMD results from the oxidation of pyrite and other sulfide minerals in streams and shallow groundwater. The principal research goals are to examine the processes of Fe(III) and SO4-2 reduction through field studies, modeling, and laboratory experiments, and to quantify the roles of acidophilic and acid-tolerant anaerobic microorganisms.

Program description

Teachers will participate in on-going research projects including laboratory studies, fieldwork, or computer modeling with Prof. Richard Yuretich (Geosciences), Profs. David Ahlfeld and Sarina Ergas (Environmental Engineering), and Prof. Klaus Nusslein (Microbiology).

Spring: Journal Club , a 1-credit course that prepares teachers to become members of a research team. The class meets once per week focusing on the geochemical, microbiological, and engineering aspects of AMD.

Summer: Scientific research and Curriculum Development Teachers will particip ate in scientific research on a full-time basis (at least 160 hours total) and develop a unit plan to implement in their classes during the next academic year. Teachers will receive a $2500 stipend and register for up to 9 graduate credits at a reduced tuition.

Fall or Spring : Teachers use their curriculum unit in their classes.


Applications: To apply to the project please send a letter to Prof. Allan Feldman stating why you believe that participation in this project will improve your teaching and your knowledge of science. Include a copy (may be unofficial) of your undergraduate and any graduate transcripts, and a current resume or vita.

For more information contact:

Prof. Allan Feldman
University of Massachusetts
813 N Pleasant Street
Amherst, MA 01003

413 545-1570

Biocomplexity in the Environment (BE) for Integrated Research and Education in Environmental Systems: CHE-0221791