Resilience: After the Eruption, Using a Serious Game to Understand and Improve Management after an Ecosystem Disturbance

  • May 21, 2024 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
  • Eastern Standard Time

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On Tuesday May 21 at 7pm the UT Arboretum Society will offer the unique opportunity to learn from Serious Game Designer, Parker Maynard, in a Zoom presentation. Have you wondered how strategies are developed to manage landscapes to meet ecological, economic, and social goals? A serious computer game has been designed by Parker Maynard, an Ecology and Evolutionary Biology graduate student at the University of Tennessee, to foster learning about ecosystem management strategies. Participants at the Tuesday, May 21st Zoom presentation are invited to play the game and evaluate what they have learned.  Information about practices employed in the aftermath of the 1980 eruption of Mount St. Helens is explored through Parker’s game called Resilience: After The Eruption. This serious game synthesizes research about ecological recovery and resource management following the eruption of Mount St. Helens. Lessons from playing the game can be applied to recovery after other disturbances to natural systems.

The May 21st program will start with a short presentation about the serious gaming approach and will be followed by an opportunity to play the game.. As many as 4 people can play on one laptop with each person assuming one of the 4 roles: Ecologist, Resource manager, Recreation manager, or Forester. It would be appreciated if participants are willing to take a pre- and post- survey to let Parker know what can be learned from playing the game, whether game play is enjoyable, and what improvements are suggested. Links to the surveys will be provided.  This is a unique opportunity to learn and support research at the same time!

This is a free program but requires registration to receive your Zoom link. The program will be recorded and sent to all who register. Register at under Programs.

Date & Time

Tue, May 21, 2024 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

UT Arboretum