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Field Ecology BIOE 342
Monday, June 22, 2020, 8:00 AM to Friday, July 17, 2020, 5:00 PM MDT
Category: Course

Location (Field Station): Flathead Lake Biological Station, Montana, USA

Course Description: M–Th, Full Day; F, Half Day; 5 Credits Prerequisites: College-level biology, chemistry, and mathematics or equivalents; or consent of instructor. The course engages major concepts and approaches in modern ecology via immersive field experiences, hands-on sampling, and project-based learning in both aquatic and terrestrial habitats. Topics range from physiological and behavioral ecology to population and community ecology to ecosystem ecology and touches on themes of disturbance, invasive species, and climate change. The course will build students’ natural history knowledge of the biota of the Rocky Mountain region while directly engaging them in active research projects of the instructors. Ecological phenomena will be examined in real time and real life. All-day and overnight trips will be conducted throughout the course, taking students into a range of aquatic and terrestrial environments near the Biological Station and the adjacent mountain areas including Glacier National Park. Students will conduct directed measurements connected to ongoing research projects of the faculty, developing technical skills as well as skills in scientific analysis and interpretation in written and oral form.

Instructors – Dr. James Elser, FLBS-U of Montana and Dr. Diana Six, U of Montana

Web Address of Course Info: https://flbs.umt.edu/apps/education/

Contact: Marie Kohler [email protected] 406-872-4515