Field Ecology

Spring 2023
Olympia
Day
Junior - Senior
Class Size: 50
16 Credits per quarter
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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.

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Prerequisites

College-level biology, college-level chemistry, and college-level precalculus, or calculus, or statistics. Students should also have previous credits in botany, taxonomy, ornithology, or zoology. Ability to use plant taxonomic keys and identify birds from song is especially encouraged. 

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Academic details

Paths
Fields of Study
Preparatory For

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

Credits
16
Maximum Enrollment
50
Class Standing
Junior
Senior
Upper Division Science Credit

Students who successfully complete the work in this program can expect 16 upper division science credits. Credits may be earned in field ecology, statistics, and project-based ecological topics.

Schedule

In Person or Remote
In Person
Time Offered
Day
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First Meeting

LAB 2 1223A - CAL West
Location
Olympia