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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

Date

Topic

Location

Assignments/Readings (read before class)

6 2 Mar No Class   Work on Field Leadership and Final Group Projects

7

9 Mar

No Class   Work on Field Leadership and Final Group Projects

8

16 March

No Class

 

Work on Field Leadership and Final Group Projects

9

23 March

Plant Phenology
Insect Communities

SBBG Plant Phenology
Insect and Spider Surveys

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 and Hastings)

 

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
Clam surveys  
Physical Stream survey (light, structure, flow)

Stream Assessment (Physical Characteristics/Water Quality)

Tracking and Camera Traps

Track Stations and Camera Traps
Insect and Spider survey Insect and Spider Surveys
Invertebrate survey Invertebrate survey
Telemetry Telemetry

Intertidal Survey (Diversity)

Intertidal Survey


Week

Date

Topic

Location

Assignments/Readings (read before class)

13 27 April

NOAA Research Vessel: This lab will go longer than 1pm. Make sure you don't have anything scehduled in the afternoon- you won't want to miss out on this opportunity.

SBCC

Marine Mammal Surveys
Phytoplankton Tow
Marine Chemistry
ROV
Underwater Video (Sea Grass bed)


Week 14, 4-6 May, Hastings Reserve
Hastings Reserve Information
Pitfall traps Pitfall Taps
Plant Surveys Measuring and Monitoring Plant Populations
Dawn Chorus Birds of Hastings Reserve
Direct Censusing: point counts (birds)

Bird Censusing
Birds of Hastings Reserve
Historic Species Occurrence

Small Mammal Trapping (depends on local researchers availability) Mammal Trapping
Animal tracking (mammals)

Track Stations and Camera Traps

Scat Surveys (we will discuss this as part of tracking) Scat Surveys/Analysis
Bat Surveys Bat Surveys

Week

Date

Topic

Location

Assignments/Readings (read before class)

15

11 May

Project Presentations

EBS 210

 

16 17 May Final Meeting (TBD)    


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