Students will use many
different techniques to collect data in the field.
This is a hands-on course where students learn the
background through readings and lectures in the field. Working together, students then apply the techniques to collect and report the
It is often very difficult to get this type of experience because most field biologists do not hire
students without experience. This course will provide that foundation that can be added to a resume
and increase the chances of being hired to collect field data for ongoing research. These skills are
essential for anyone who hopes to work in field biology whether at a University, non-governmental
organization (i.e. World Wildlife Fund, Nature Conservancy, etc.), state or federal agency, or environmental consulting
Instructors Dr. Michelle Paddack, and Dr. Adam Green have many years of experience working in the
field in the U.S. and numerous other countries. Their goal is to not only teach students how to think like
a field scientist, but also to teach the basics of how to survive and enjoy being in the field.
Whenever possible researchers actively conducting field research are included in the course. This way
students meet and work with those designing and conducting experiments, publishing their research, or
conducting conservation programs. This effectively increases the faculty of the course to include many
additional experienced biologists.
Working together to collect data in the field builds a special community atmosphere among students
and faculty. There is no other academic college experience that creates this level of connection.