2012-13 Catalog

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Offering Description

Field Ecology: Forests


Spring 2013 quarter

Dylan Fischer forest ecology , Alison Styring ornithology
Fields of Study
biology, botany, ecology, field studies, writing and zoology
Preparatory for studies or careers in
ecology, biology, natural resources, conservation and forest resources.
Students must demonstrate at least one full year of college natural sciences including mathematics, biology, chemistry, 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 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 sites in the Pacific Northwest and the Southwest (U.S.). 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.

Online Learning
Enhanced Online Learning
Greener Store
Upper Division Science Credit
Upper division science credit may be awarded in forest science, ornithology, statistics, and plant ecology upon completion of the program. Upper division credits will be given for upper division work at the discretion of the faculty.
May be offered again in
Spring 2014.
Offered During

Program Revisions

Date Revision
February 5th, 2013 Signature information has been updated with a link to application materials.