Biology | Field Ecology
L465 | 0101 | Watson, M
Course description: This is a field-oriented course in ecology that
focuses on identifying patterns in nature and exploring experimental
means to determine what gives rise to these patterns. There will be a
mixture of field experiences including a trip down the Blue River in
southern Indiana, participation in an on-going field project in plant
ecology, studies of insect densities and feeding patterns, examination
of the unique ecology of our karst habitats. The goal of the course is
to introduce you to an array of ecological questions and field
techniques as well as to expose you to the breadth of Indiana habitats.
Required text: none.
Weekly assignments: Several journal articles or chapters.
Exams/papers: Seven one-page write-ups based on the field trips. One
expanded write-up of a single field exercise (your choice).