Ecological Methods and Research in Reptile Ecology
Biol 408 and 409
6 credits each, 12 credits total
Pre-departure session dates: June 13 - June 29, 2017
Travel/location dates: June 20 - July 15, 2017
Return session dates: July 16 - July 28, 2017
Students will obtain experience in theory and practice of field research, particularly in reptile ecology. We will measure distribution and abundance of a few focal species of reptiles in three habitats. Students will also pursue small team research projects in behavioral and physiological ecology of reptiles, wherein there is a very real potential for publication. Students will learn and perform a variety of techniques used for measuring essential features of the microclimate (e.g., spatiotemporal patterns in temperature, humidity, wind, direct and reflected insolation), vegetation (plant form, diversity, and distribution), and terrestrial invertebrates (spatiotemporal patterns in distribution, abundance, and diversity). Comparisons of technique effectiveness and reliability will be enhanced by work in three mesohabitats.
Contact: Roger Anderson