Field Ecology

Spring 2018 quarter

Taught by

forest and plant ecology
ornithology
  • UG

Prerequisites

One year (greater than 12 credits) of college-level biology, one year (greater than 9 credits) of college-level chemistry, and one year (greater than 9 cumulative credits) of college-level algebra, precalculus, and calculus or statistics. Students should also have previous classes in introductory botany and zoology.

This program will focus on intensive group and individual field research on current topics in ecological science. These topics will include forest structure, ecosystem ecology, effects of forest management, ecological restoration, riparian ecology, fire history, bird abundance and monitoring, insect-plant interactions, and disturbance ecology. Students will be expected to intensively use the primary literature and student-driven field research to address observations about ecological composition, structure, and function. Multiple independent and group research projects will form the core of our work in local forests of the south Puget Sound lowlands, national forests, national parks, state forests, and other relevant natural settings. Students are expected to hit the ground running and should develop research projects for the entire quarter within the first several weeks of the program.

Through a series of short, intensive field exercises, students will hone their skills in observation, developing testable hypotheses, and designing ways to test those hypotheses. We will also explore field techniques and approaches in ecology, and especially approaches related to measuring plant and avian biodiversity. Students will have the option to participate in field trips to remote sites in the Pacific Northwest. Research projects will be formally presented by groups and individuals at the end of the quarter. Finally, student research manuscripts will be created throughout the quarter, utilizing a series of intensive multi-day paper-writing workshops. We will emphasize identification of original field research problems in forest habitats, experimentation, data analyses, oral presentation of findings, and writing in scientific journal format.

Program Details

Fields of Study

biology botany ecology field studies zoology

Preparatory For

plant and wildlife ecology, environmental studies, habitat management, ecological restoration, and conservation biology

Quarters

Spring Open

Location and Schedule

Campus Location

Olympia

Time Offered

Day

Online Learning

Enhanced Online Learning

Fees

$300 for an overnight field trip.