Field Skills in Biology
Full course description
This skills will include:
- Training in the use of a diversity of methods to collect or count organisms in the field.
- Training on the measurement of some important environmental characteristics.
- The means to identify of species or higher taxa of certain environmentally or taxonomically important groups or indicator species in the field or lab.
- Planning of field experiments.
- Interpretation of field results, including some statistical work.
For an ecologist, the field is a much less controlled, though much more realistic environment than the lab, and a completely different set of practical skills are required. In this course you will learn how to generate well controlled reliable, results in the field. You will be shown a diversity of methods to collect, count and identify animals and plants. You will learn how to measure important environmental variables that can determine the results you get (e.g. soil characteristics, temperature, humidity) and most importantly some basic means to plan for and interpret all that complex data.
- PRA1002 Research Data Analysis and Presentation Skills or PRA1102 Introduction to Scientific Research II
- BIO2002 Ecology
- Wheater, C.P., Bell, J.R. & Cook, P.A. (2011). Practical Field Ecology: A Project Guide, John Wiley & Sons (Not obligatory but useful)