Experimental Methods in Ecology

Freshwater invertebrate sampling at the Cary Institute (l-r: Mollie, Cassie, Alicia and Angie)

Students in this class learn about the principles of good experimental design, from the initiation of a research question, through to sampling procedures, analysis options and presentation and communication of research results. They gain experience in experimental and survey design and implementation through participating in small research projects throughout semester, and in 2012 the course included field trips to the Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies and Black Rock Forest.

The course is offered at both undergraduate and graduate levels, and will be beneficial to all students who have not had experience in leading independent research. The course will be offered again in 2013/14.

 

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