Undergraduate Research with A. Styring

Fall 2021
Winter 2022
Junior - Senior
Class Size: 5
8 Credits per quarter
Variable credit options, see below
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Rigorous quantitative and qualitative research is an important component of academic learning in Environmental Studies. This opportunity is designed to allow advanced students to delve into real-world research with faculty who are currently engaged in specific projects. The program will help students develop vital skills in research design, data acquisition and interpretation, written and oral communication, collaboration, and critical thinking skills - all of which are of particular value for students who are pursuing a graduate degree, as well as for graduates who are are already in the job market.

Alison Styring conducts research on the responses of forest bird communities to environmental change. Current activity in her lab includes assessment of biodiversity inventory methods in compiling complete and accurate estimates of species richness and population density; monitoring long-term patterns in bird populations and communities; understanding relationships between avian life history strategies and environmental cycles across large latitudinal gradients; and developing outreach tools to educate communities about wildlife and conservation research.



One year (at least 12 credits) of college-level biology, and one year (at least 9 cumulative credits) of college-level algebra, precalculus, and calculus or statistics.

This is a signature-required offering.  The faculty admits students to the offering based on a their preparation for advanced work (via pre-requisites), the students interest in and preparation to engaged in one or more of the active projects, and the project priority and faculty time constraints in any given quarter.  Contacting the faculty well in advance of registration (by week 5 of a previous quarter) will provide the student and faculty enough time to determine if this offering is a good fit for a given quarter as well as specific learning goals and credits.

Fall 2021 Registration

Signature Required

Students should contact the faculty for more information.

Course Reference Numbers

Jr - Sr (1 - 16): 10384
Winter 2022 Registration

Signature Required

Students should contact the faculty for more information.

Course Reference Numbers

Jr - Sr (1 - 16): 20141

Academic details

Preparatory for studies and careers in

ornithology, ecology, conservation biology, wildlife biology, forest ecology, natural resource management

Variable Credit Options

Seat availability and credit options vary per quarter.

Maximum Enrollment
Class Standing
Upper Division Science Credit

Students seeking to earn upper division credit must contact the faculty to discuss options prior to the start of the quarter.

Research Opportunities

Active projects include the processing and analysis of audio recordings from the field (forests in Washington State and Sarawak, East Malaysia) to detect presence and abundance of bird species; analysis of seasonal cycles of birds using previously collected field data and feather image data; and collection an analysis of forest data from long-term monitoring stations in the campus forest.


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Hybrid (W)
Time Offered
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