Biology 378





Field Biology Techniques takes students to where it all begins - studying organisms and ecosystems in natural settings.  Students learn how to plan and execute a field study, and learn some of the most common techniques.  The catalog says:

BIOL 378 Field Biology Techniques: A field-based course teaching techniques used by biologists to count, measure, capture, describe, locate and otherwise investigate organisms and ecosystems in the wild. Techniques covered include trapping, transects, quadrant techniques, aquatic sampling, use of electronic probes, GIS and GPS, optics, and others. Experimental design, statistics, and use of taxonomic keys are also covered. Prerequisite: Biology 105 or 107. Credit: 1 hour



 Field Biology takes place at the new Barbara Beiser Field Station!



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Syllabus (pdf)

Schedule (pdf)

Field Notebook Example


Field Techniques Overview

 Insect Feeding Lab       DOC    PDF

Project Ideas

Point-Quarter Lab

Mealworm Lab                           PDF

 Project Proposal

Transect Analysis Aphis-Lion Larva  

 Statistics Practice:

Vertstat.doc - contains instructions on how to do descriptive statistics, Anova and a t-test using Excel.

Hiber.xls - raw data for use with vertstat.doc

Costa_Rica_transects.xls - data from the Costa Rica transects in 2007.