** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.
Global Learning Faculty-led
Ecological Methods and Research in Reptile Ecology
Biol 408, Ecological Methods and Biol 409, Research in Reptile Ecology (12 credits total, 6 credits each)
Pre-departure session dates: June 19 - June 25, 2018 Travel/location dates: June 26 - July 21, 2018 Return session dates: July 22 - August 3, 2018
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.