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Biology 130: Methods in Field Biology

Morro bay mud flats

Waiver- Please fill this out and bring this to our first class meeting 1/26/18

Important Information:


Week

Date

Topic

Location

Assignments/Readings (read before class)

1

26 Jan

Introduction to Field Ecology,
Project ideas

EBS 210

Sign up for TA for the day, sign up for pre-meeting with Michelle or Adam for TA for the Day.

2

2 Feb

Tagging Monarch Butterflies

Monarch Tagging Location

Monarch Tagging

3

9 Feb

Field Journals due by 1pm

4

16 Feb

Holiday

 

5

23 Feb

Field leadership team meeting with Michelle and Adam (SCI)

Prep for SCI

EBS 210
  • Project Topics Due
  • Meet with Michelle or Adam during class time to finalize leadership activity
  • Bring the gear you will be bringing on the field trip. We want to make sure everyone will be prepared- clothing, shoes, pack, sleeping bag and pad, tent (if you are bringing one), rain gear etc.

Week 6, 2-4 March, Santa Cruz Island
Useful Information about the Reserve at Santa Cruz Island
Marine Mammal Surveys Marine Mammal Surveys
Bat Surveys Bat Surveys
Dawn Chorus
Direct Censusing: point counts (birds) Bird Censusing
Birds of Santa Cruz Island

Intertidal Survey (Abolone Size Frequency) Abalone Size Frequency
Animal tracking (mammals)

Track Stations and Camera Traps

Scat Surveys (we will discuss this as part of tracking) Scat Surveys/Analysis
Animal Behavior (Island Foxes) Animal Behavior (Island Foxes)

Week

Date

Topic

Location

Assignments/Readings (read before class)

7

9 Mar

     

8

16 March

Plant Phenology
Insect Communities

SBBG

Plant Phenology

9

23 March

GPS and GIS mapping of invasives

CSMR

GPS/GIS Carpinteria Salt Marsh


26 Mar - 31 Mar Spring Break

Week

Date

Topic

Location

Assignments/Readings (read before class)

10 6 April

Field leadership team meeting with Michelle and Adam (Rancho Marino)

 

Project Outline Due

11 13 April Prep for weekend trip (TA prep) EBS 210

Meet at 8:00am, not likely to take more than a couple of hours.

Meet with Michelle or Adam during class time to finalize leadership activity


Week 12, 20-22 April, Rancho Marino
Behavior (Elephant Seals) Elephant Seals
Tracking and Camera Traps Track Stations and Camera Traps
Physical Stream survey (light, structure, flow)

Stream Assessment (Physical Characteristics/Water Quality)

Clam surveys

 
Insect and Spider survey Insect and Spider Surveys
Other insect survey methods: Pitfall Taps
Pond productivity  
Invertebrate survey Invertebrate survey
Telemetry Telemetry

Intertidal Survey (Diversity)

Intertidal Survey


Week

Date

Topic

Location

Assignments/Readings (read before class)

13

27 April

 

On own

Meet in your groups for final presentations
Field Journals Due

14

4 May

 

 

Meet in your groups for final presentations

15

11 May

Project Presentations

EBS 210

 

16 17 May Final Meeting (TBD)    

To Be Scheduled
Lab

Location

Assignments/Readings (read before class)

Small Mammal Trapping and Parasites

Coal Oil
Point

Mammal Trapping

Remote Sensing and Vegetation Surveys

Coal Oil
Point

Directions

Remote Sensing
Measuring & Monitoring Plant Populations

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