Moravian College Conducting Wildlands’ Water Studies

Students Assisting in Efforts to Protect Lehigh River Watershed

Moravian College Conducting Wildlands’ Water Studies

Macroinvertebrates, small aquatic creatures that help indicate stream health, are pretty huge for Moravian College students aiming to realize careers in the natural world – especially when their studies are guided by Wildlands’ environmental experts and put to work for real-world research. Led by their biology professor Dr. Frank T. Kuserk, students in environmental science programs are collecting and analyzing macro samples from waterways in the Pocono region as part of Wildlands’ large-scale effort to protect the Lehigh River watershed and, ultimately, the quality of the Delaware River.

“ My students get a lot of satisfaction knowing that the work they do makes a positive contribution to the health of the Lehigh River and its tributaries. Their experiences provide them with valuable hands-on skills that they take with them. But more importantly, they realize that they are part of a larger effort to make the Lehigh Valley a better place to live.”
—DR. FRANK T. KUSERK, Professor of Biology, Moravian College

The students’ findings are being incorporated into the William Penn Foundation’s Delaware River Watershed Initiative, which is working to understand water quality and habitat conditions, as well as the relationship between land protection and waterway health. Kuserk’s been involving his students with Wildlands since 2009, when the college launched its SOAR (Student Opportunities for Academic Research) program.