Field Work on Ecology and Soil Sciences in the Sundarbans Mangrove Forest
Department of Environmental Science, Bangladesh University of Professionals (BUP) organized a Field Work for the second year students (BES 2021) from 12th March to 16th March, 2023 in the Sundarbans Mangrove Forest under the course Field Work on Ecology and Soil Sciences (ENV 2208). Field Work course has been designed to enable the students to correlate between theoretical courses and practical environment. The objective of this field work was to learn different aspects of various ecosystem i.e. forest, river, beach, etc. as well as to understand properties, functions and importance of different types of soil. Students were guided by Assistant Professor Alamgir Kabir, Assistant Professor Md. Arifur Rahman Bhuiyan, and Lecturer Fateeha Noor from the Department of Environmental Science, BUP. Professor Dr. Abdullah Harun Chowdhury joined the field work as an expert with the team
Around 30 students visited Soil Archive Laboratory of Khulna University, Kachikhali, Dimerchor, Katka, Harbaria, Karamjal, etc. During the field work, students identified different species, both flora and fauna, with their special features and found the trend of change under ecological studies. Additionally, the students tried to find out the relation between environmental degradation and vulnerability of this largest mangrove. Besides, the students collected both water and soil samples and analyzed different parameters, such as pH, DO, EC, Salinity etc. and studied the trend of the change across the region. Lastly, students also surveyed the adjacent villages to understand the livelihood pattern, dependency on Sundarbans, changes over years and major challenges of the coastal people. The field work was very successful as the students gained hands-on experience and research opportunity which is one of the core values of BUP i.e. to provide enhanced education and research opportunity. Lastly, students also had a lifetime experience of visiting and sightseeing the largest mangrove in the world, the Sundarbans.