Headwaters to Ocean’s (H2O) Dr. Rudy Rosen will author new Aquatic Science Education Guides for Texas.
RUDOLPH “RUDY” ROSEN, Ph.D., is a research professor at The Meadows Center for Water and the Environment, Texas State University and a Research Associate at the Harte Research Institute for Gulf of Mexico Studies, Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi. He is working on a joint project between the Center and Institute called H2O – Headwaters to Ocean. H2O is focused on developing ways to help students of today become engaged water savvy citizens of tomorrow through teacher training, instructional materials development, research and experiential education enhanced with today’s newest mobile and interactive technologies. Visit H2O at https://www.water-texas.org
Dr. Rosen is a former Director of Wildlife, Fisheries and Coastal Resources for the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department. He was also Executive Director of Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, where he served in the environmental cabinet of two governors. He has chaired the Gulf and Pacific States Marine Fisheries Commissions and was President of the Southeastern Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies.
Dr. Rosen has degrees from Penn State, South Dakota State and the University of Massachusetts. He has work experience in both freshwater and coastal ecosystems. Before coming to The Meadows Center, he was responsible for workgroups conducting some of the largest coastal ecosystem restoration projects ever attempted on the Pacific Coast as director of the Western Regional Office for Ducks Unlimited. He also managed a workgroup responsible for the largest wetland habitat inventory ever conducted in northern climates, a project classifying habitat in up to 30 million acres per year in the boreal forests of Canada and Alaska.
Dr. Rosen specializes in nonprofit organization management, leadership, fundraising and advocacy. He has served in international, national, and regional executive leadership positions in three of the nation’s largest wetlands, fish, and wildlife conservation advocacy organizations: the National Wildlife Federation, Ducks Unlimited, and Safari Club International and its foundation. Rosen has served on over 130 nonprofit and government national and international boards, commissions and committees and has written over 400 articles and presentations on organizations, natural resources conservation, and policy. He recently wrote the book Money for the Cause: A Complete Guide to Event Fundraising, an easy to understand yet comprehensive guidebook that will help anyone raise more money for environmental causes.
Aquatic Science Education Guides For Texas’ Students And Teachers
The project will draft and produce aquatic science education guides covering Texas’ headwaters to the ocean for use by middle through high school students and an educators’ guide for teachers.
Modeled after similar successful guides in use in other states, the Texas aquatic science education guides for students and teachers will feature instructional units covering essential aquatic science topics, experiential outdoors and classroom education enhancements, grade-level expectations related to Texas state education standards, video enhancements, and student and teacher resources.
This curriculum will focus on aquatic systems ecology and make a connection between people and Texas’ aquatic environment. Each chapter will feature a challenge question to highlight the relevance to the student and a career related to that topic. The curriculum is a collaboration of trusted partners who are committed to connecting Texans to the natural world through inquiry based, experiential learning and support of water-dependent outdoor recreation and industries.
As the guides are drafted, educators and others interested in aquatic science education will have opportunity to provide review and enter into discussion about each topic covered. For information about proposed topics in student and teacher guides, and teacher enhancements and resources, click below for details.
The guides will be made available to teachers and students free of charge online through the websites of Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD), Texas State University’s The Meadows Center for Water and the Environment, and Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi’s Harte Research Institute for Gulf of Mexico Studies.
Aquatic science education guides is a cooperative project sponsored by Texas Parks and Wildlife, The Harte Research Institute for Gulf of Mexico Studies at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi, The Meadows Center for Water and the Environment at Texas State University and funding partner, the Ewing Halsell Foundation which supports the project H2O. H2O is an experiential, technology-enhanced education program focused on water, from headwaters to the ocean (https://www.water-texas.org)
Materials originally published by the Missouri Department of Conservation used by permission.