In Landscape Ecology students get a variety of in the field research opportunities. One example of this is they could be canoeing in Flying Pond for a lesson on island bio-geography. Landscape Ecology pairs both field research with spatial data analysis programs to give first hand experience to students similar to what a conservationist would use.
Students conducting field work on island bio-geography.
In Mammalogy, students are guided through all stages of a field research project. Students must develop a proposal, budget, implement all stages of the project from data collection through data analysis, prepare a final manuscript in a format designed for publication, and present their results at the Michael D. Wilson Symposium. Projects are conducted from mid-winter to early spring, so data collection frequently involves hours in the field on snowshoes – the same as a “real world” biologists. Because of this, they gain valuable skills that “real world” biologists use.
Students out in the field collecting data for their final projects.