(generally offered during the fall semester of
Field Ecology focuses on
collecting, analyzing, and reporting data collected in the field.
Students learn a variety of field techniques for sampling plants,
insects, and vertebrates. Labs include extensive field work at a
variety of local sites including Tifft Nature Preserve, Reinstein
Woods Nature Preserve, Como Lake Park, and Beaver Island State Park.
Students are also introduced to the use of GIS in field biology.
In addition to the field techniques that students learn, they are
also expected to relate field data to ecological processes.
Students write their own lab reports and are expected to critically
read scientific literature that presents field data using the
techniques we have used.
This class is required for the
Environmental Science Major and can be used to fulfill requirements for
the Biology Major (Track 2) and/or
the Animal Behavior, Ecology, and Conservation Major at Canisius.