Professor: I thought you’d say that, when I spoke with Dr. Garfield, he suggested you take a particular course he’ll be teaching here in the spring.
It’s called Advanced Topics in Salt Marsh Management.
The course looks at salt marsh ecology in depth and it also focuses on factors that stress salt marsh systems and how to assess and monitor the level of stress.
Student: And that background information will fit right into my project on salt marsh restoration. This is so great!
Professor: Oh, one more thing. Do you know John Arnold?
Student: Not really, but he lives in my dorm. Why?
Professor: John’s another ecology student who will be the Field Station next summer.
I approved an independent research project for him, too.
Initially, he had the same concern as you, but anyway, his topic will be similar to yours.
He’ll be researching how bridges and culverts that have been installed to allow tidal waters to move underneath roads between the sea and the salt marshes, well, they are often too small.
Student: I guess that would result in not enough tidal water flowing into the marshes to maintain the natural vegetation, right?
Professor: Exactly, and he’ll be looking at how to determine the right size.
So I was thinking he might be a good choice for a summer roommate for you.