Team SPAW

Team SPAW will conduct research throughout the Salish and Pend d’Oreille Aboriginal Watershed (SPAW) in western Montana. This research will examine the effects of various land and water use, practices, and management on local and regional communities with emphases on sustainability, economic development, and resource and cultural protection. These projects historically involve: examinations of how surface water management influences groundwater supplies; parasite monitoring in amphibians and reptiles; environmental monitoring; protection, and restoration of culturally significant plant species stressed by anthropogenic and natural disturbances; river restoration activities; chemical monitoring and analyses of SPAW water systems including C, N, Hg, As, and others. Each student on Team SPAW will conduct his or her own research project, which will be a subset of the overall research. These student projects will be tailored from the broader topic of surface water-groundwater interactions to fit a specific student’s area of interest. These individual projects are selected to best match project and student needs and may require sharing of many skillsets including: representation and manipulation of survey data in a GIS program, laboratory and equipment operational experience, computational statistics and modeling, mapping and surveying and more. Students may participate in multiple ongoing collaborative research projects with the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes and Salish Kootenai College that encompass physical, chemical, biological, and social perspectives.

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