Maria Whiteman

Similarly, Indiana’s wetland ecosystems and biological diversity are disappearing due to many agricultural industries. Indiana has a unique landscape that at one time was shaped by glaciers that formed rivers, bogs, wetlands and ponds with rich minerals and organic material. Wetland habitats serve as a natural filtration system by absorbing, breaking down and releasing chemicals and nutrients from fertilizers. Whiteman’s research and practice at the Environmental Resilience Institute will engage in discussions around preservations of wetlands, wildlife and natural habitats.