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Biology 130: Methods in Field Biology

Morro bay mud flats

Important Information:


Week

Date

Topic

Location

Assignments/Readings (read before class)

1

18 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

25 Jan

Tagging Monarch Butterflies

Monarch Tagging Location

Monarch Tagging

3

1 Feb

No Class

 

Field Journals due by 2pm

4

8 Feb

No Class

Work on Field Leadership and Final Group Projects

5

15 Feb

Holiday

   
6 22 Feb No Class   Work on Field Leadership and Final Group Projects
7 1 Mar

Field leadership team meeting with Jen and Adam (Big Creek)

Only those leading techniques at Big Creek need to attend

EBS 210
  • Project Topics Due (everyone- can submit online)
  • Meet with Jen or Adam during class time to finalize leadership activity (just those that are leading techniques at Big Creek)
8 8 Mar

Plant Surveys and Remote Sensing

Prep for Big Creek Weekend

COPR Make sure we have the gear we need, food groups are set

 

Week 9 (Weekend 1), 15-17 March, Landels Big Creek Reserve, Big Sur
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)

Invertebrate survey

Invertebrate survey
Insect and Spider survey Insect and Spider Surveys
Intertidal Survey (Diversity) Intertidal Survey

 

Week of March 18-22

Make appointment with Jen or Adam

Meet with Jen or Adam to finalize leadership activity (just those that are leading techniques at Hastings)

 

Week

Date

Topic

Location

Assignments/Readings (read before class)

10 22 Mar

Plant Phenology
Insect Communities

SBBG

 

25 Mar - 30 Mar Spring Break

 

Week

Date

Topic

Location

Assignments/Readings (read before class)

11 5 April

Prep for weekend trip (Hastings)

EBS 210

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

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


Week 12 (Weekend 2), 12-14 April, Hastings Reserve
Hastings Reserve Information
Plant Surveys- Oaks Measuring and Monitoring Plant Populations
Dawn Chorus Birds of Hastings Reserve
Direct Censusing: point counts (birds)
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
Telemetry Telemetry



Week

Date

Topic

Location

Assignments/Readings (read before class)

13 19 Apr No Class    
14 26 Apr No Class    

15

3 May

Project Presentations

EBS 210

 

16 10 May Final Meeting (TBD) EBS 210  

 

Week

Date

Topic

Location

Assignments/Readings (read before class)

  TBD

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.

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