Please Note: Due to COVID-19, the Ecology Residency will be offered in a virtual format for the summer 2021 term. Students will meet with faculty using Microsoft Teams instead of onsite in Cooperstown.

Ecology and Earth Systems Field Research

Freshwater fish captured for study.

Course Title: ENSC-4600 Ecology and Earth Systems Field Research

4 credits, advanced, liberal, does not satisfy a SUNY General Education requirement.

Instructors: Audeliz Matias, Kevin Woo, and Nathan Whitley-Grassi

Registration Instructions

Engaging in an undergraduate research project is an educational opportunity for students with a desire to enrich their learning experience within a particular subject. For this particular course, students will work collaboratively with a team of instructors on a scientific problem of their choice in the areas of ecology, biology, environmental science, earth science, and/or geology to design a research project, collect data and perform analysis, interpret results and prepare a written scientific paper of the work. The goal of this course is to provide students with an enriched learning experience based on skills necessary to undertake similar projects in their careers or future graduate program.

Prerequisites: At least two of the following: Biology I and II; or Introduction to Cell Biology and Genetics, and Introduction to Organismal Biology or Introduction to Population Biology; or Ecology, or Biology of Ecosystems, or Introduction to Geology, or Environmental Science, or equivalent. Students should have foundational knowledge about ecology, biology, and/or earth sciences. Advanced level knowledge in any of these areas gained through 2000- and 3000-level courses is strongly recommended. This course is intended for students with concentrations in disciplines such as ecology, biology, geology, earth science, environmental science, and related fields.

In place of the onsite meeting, students will meet virtually with their instructors and classmates using Microsoft Teams on June 5 and June 26 (times will be determined). Prior to and after these meetings, students will exchange work with their instructor online through Moodle.

The course is co-taught by three instructors: Nathan Whitley-Grassi , Audeliz Matias, and Kevin Woo.