CANCELED | Ron Carroll
Lecture is postponed and will be re-scheduled on a later date.
Wetlands serve as important habitats for migratory birds, fish nurseries, and local wildlife. They also help filter pollution and prevent flooding, but we have lost most of the nation’s wetlands to development. Constructed wetlands are artificial wetland environments that can provide this critical habitat, while providing biofiltration, for example, to treat wastewater. Artificial wetlands incorporate many of the attributes of natural wetlands but optimize those that reduce pollutants and pathogens.
With wastewater being recognized as a major and growing contributor to the environmental and economic degradation of our surface waters, there is a pressing need for effective wastewater treatment. Constructed wetlands provide an alternative approach to costly concrete and steel systems and are effective, relatively inexpensive, and provide additional potential value in the form of renewable biomass energy and surrogate wetland habitat.
Ron Carroll is a professor in the Odum School of Ecology and is a faculty member in the conservation ecology program. His research has focused on the mechanisms of ecological restoration in the context of conservation ecology.