Large plants get sun by the glass wall of the AJLC building lobby.
The Living Machine in the spring of 2018. Photo credit: Olivia Booth-Howe ’20

The Living Machine provides excellent opportunities for Oberlin College students and the community to explore issues of wastewater, wetland ecology, microbiology and plant dynamics.

It has served as a laboratory for students of systems ecology, mathematics, environmental chemistry and microbiology, and it has been the focus of several independent student research projects.

Area elementary through high-school students visiting the Living Machine learn about the importance of wastewater treatment for maintenance of healthy rivers and lakes and how wetland ecosystems purify polluted water.

Sample student abstracts