The Ohio State University 1-week course offering at Stone Laboratory Summer 2006 June 11 – June 17 EEOB 513: Field Ecology Quarter Credit Hours – 3 under/grad Prerequisites: At least junior standing by the summer of enrollment, minimum GPA of 2.5, and completion of 15 hours of biology including introductory ecology OR permission of instructor. Description: This course is an intensive one-week introduction to field ecology for teachers, upper-level undergraduates, and graduate students. This course will be a broad, field-based introduction to the distribution and abundance of animals and plants (both macroscopic and microscopic), aquatic and terrestrial habitats, and techniques for the collection and identification of these organisms, as well as analyzing their environments. Pond, lake, river, marsh, beach, field, and woodland habitats will be investigated. Basic statistical and data analysis techniques will also be covered. Grading: 4 Quizzes (25 points each)- 100 Field Notebook- 50 Statistics Assignment- 75 Data Analysis Assignments- 75 Lab Practical- 100 Written Exam- 100 Total 500 Texts: Various texts will be available for use in class. No text is required for purchase. Materials for Student Purchase: Field notebook (Write-In-the-Rain) Equipment Used For Class (provided by the Lab): Seines, dip-nets, aerial nets, plankton nets, Secchi disks, DO meter, SONDE, light meter, preservatives, drying racks, DBH tape, jars, microscopes continued Instructor: Dr. Douglas D. Kane Limnology Laboratory Evolution, Ecology, and Organismal Biology The Ohio State University 1527 Museum of Biological Diversity 1315 Kinnear Road Columbus, Ohio 43212 Phone: 614-292-1003 Email: [email protected] Field Ecology June 11-17, 2006 Douglas D. Kane Page 2 of 3 Schedule: Sunday Afternoon: Introduction to course Evening: What is ecology? General ecological principles. Introductory statistics. Monday Morning: Lecture: Plant succession and geology of Lake Erie Islands Afternoon: Terrestrial Fieldtrip- South Bass Island (Fields) Goal: Observe stage of succession. Evening: Quiz. Work on statistics assignments. Tuesday Morning/Afternoon: Terrestrial Fieldtrip- Kelleys’ Island (Quarries). Goal: Examine fossil organisms and terrestrial habitats. Terrestrial Fieldtrip- Kelleys’ Island (Woods) Goal: Observe stage of succession and collect organisms. Terrestrial /Aquatic Fieldtrip- Carp Pond (Beach/Marsh) Goal: Examine transitional zones between aquatic and terrestrial habitats. Evening: Quiz. Lecture: River ecosystems Wednesday Morning: Aquatic Fieldtrip- Old Woman Creek (Lake, Lacustuary, Upstream Reaches) Goal: compare various habitats in the same river and the organisms living in these habitats. Afternoon: Aquatic Fieldtrip- Huron River Goal: Compare organisms with Old Woman Creek. Evening: Quiz. Lecture: Lake ecosystems Thursday Morning: Aquatic Fieldtrip- Lake Erie (near Rattlesnake Island) Goal: Collect fish, zooplankton, phytoplankton, and benthos and take physical measurements. Afternoon: Laboratory: Identification of fish, zooplankton, phytoplankton, and benthos. Evening: Quiz. Lecture: Pond ecosystems, wetlands, and aquatic macrophytes Guest Lecture: TBA Friday Morning: Aquatic Fieldtrip- Terwilliger’s Pond, Hatchery Bay and Alligator Bar Goal: Collect aquatic macroinvertebrates and aquatic macrophytes. Laboratory: Identification of macroinvertebrates and aquatic macrophytes. Afternoon: Review for written test and laboratory practical. Course evaluations. Evening: Field notebooks due. Study for lab practical and written exam. Saturday Morning: Laboratory Practical Exam- (1 hour-stations, 1 hour-quantitative), Written Exam- (1 hour). Note: Morning sessions will last from 8AM until noon, afternoon sessions will last from 1PM until 4PM, and evening sessions will last from approximately 7PM until 9PM. Field Ecology June 11-17, 2006 Douglas D. Kane Page 3 of 3 Grading Scale: The following grading scale will be used to determine the final grade you have earned in EEOB 513: 93 and up- A 87-90% - B+ 77-80% - C+ 67-70% - D+ 90-93% - A83-87% - B 73-77% - C 60-67% - D 80-83% - B70-73% - C0-60% - E Disability Statement: Any student who feels s/he may need an accommodation based on the impact of a disability should contact me privately to discuss your specific needs. Please contact the Office for Disability Services at 614-292-3307 in room 150 Pomerene Hall to coordinate reasonable accommodations for students with documented disabilities. Academic Misconduct Statement: Academic integrity is essential to maintaining an environment that fosters excellence in teaching, research, and other educational and scholarly activities. Thus, The Ohio State University and the Committee on Academic Misconduct (COAM) expect that all students have read and understand the University’s Code of Student Conduct, and that all students will complete all academic and scholarly assignments with fairness and honesty. Students must recognize that failure to follow the rules and guidelines established in the University’s Code of Student Conduct and this syllabus may constitute “Academic Misconduct.” The Ohio State University’s Code of Student Conduct (Section 3335-23-04) defines academic misconduct as: “Any activity that tends to compromise the academic integrity of the University, or subvert the educational process.” Examples of academic misconduct include (but are not limited to) plagiarism, collusion (unauthorized collaboration), copying the work of another student, and possession of unauthorized materials during an examination. Ignorance of the University’s Code of Student Conduct is never considered an “excuse” for academic misconduct, so I recommend that you review the Code of Student Conduct and, specifically, the sections dealing with academic misconduct.