The Temple University Society for Ecological Restoration (SER) Student Association is an on campus student organization at the Temple University Ambler Campus. The student association is run by students and advising faculty from the Landscape Architecture and Horticulture department in the School of Environmental Design. The school offers a Master’s Degree in Landscape Architecture (MLA) that uniquely concentrates heavily on applied ecological restoration as compared to other programs that only touch the surface of the field. The majority of students in the organization are master’s degree candidates in this program, though it is open to the entire Temple University student body.
Since then the student organization has gone to the Mid-Atlantic Conference twice. In all appearances, several students have submitted papers and presentation posters that were shared with the regional ecological restoration community. As of October 2013 the student group will have attended the SER World Conference in Madison, Wisconsin where several students and faculty plan to present research. Temple University Ambler will also play host to the SER Mid-Atlantic Regional Conference in March of 2014 where the student organization will be heavily active with planning and participation. The student association has also organized several field trips, and started a student-run native plant nursery on the Ambler campus. Through field trips and work with the nursery, the group has and continues to establish itself as an active presence of dedicated students, staff, and faculty in the Temple Ambler, and greater Philadelphia communities.
The Temple SER Student Association meets weekly to discuss ongoing projects, field trips, and other topics and opportunities within the realm of ecological restoration. This blog will serve as a means for the group to communicate about events, field trips, and progress of projects with those who wish to follow. Additionally, the blog will give individual members the opportunity to share topics, news, and personal trips/activities related to ecological restoration. Please feel free to contact members of the organization through this blog by commenting on posts or contacting the organizing members shown on the ‘People’ page.