GGP 390 - Special Topics in Physical Geography
UMA 2009 HO
Assistant Professor of Biology
PhD Zoology, PostDoc Conservation Biology, University of ArkansasMS Biology, Central Washington UniversityBA Math, BS Biology, Univ. Texas at Arlington
Mon., Tue., Wed. 1 – 2
11 May - 22 May, 2009
8:00 - 11:15 AM; Friday 8:00 - 10:15
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Educational Philosophy: Ecological research methods are best learned through hands-on field training and experience. Studying plants and animals in their natural surroundings gives a fuller appreciation of native species, their inherent value, and the need for conservation of undeveloped wildlands within a growing urban environment.
Learning Outcomes: Core Learning Outcomes
Grading: Grades will be determined as follows:
A = 90% or higher
B = 80% - 89%
C = 70% - 79%
D = 60% - 69%
F = below 60%
Late Submission of Course Materials: Not permitted.
Classroom Rules of Conduct:
Course Topic/Dates/Assignments: Week 1, Day 1 – Introduction, compass use, map reading, map making, navigation, GPS use, MapSource and Google Earth interface with GPS, field experience in orientation and navigation with compass and GPS in Park forest.
Homework assignment #1 on compass mapping.
Day 2 – Habitat description 1 – macroplotting methods, use of density board, hip chain, clinometer, DBH tape, densitometer, tree and shrub identification, vegetation data collected in the field on 3 macroplots in Park forest.
Day 3 - Habitat description 2 – statistical comparisons among habitat types.
Homework assignment #2 on vegetation description macroplotting and data summary.
Day 4 – Bird surveys – species and song review, theory and methods of bird sampling, use of rangefinder and binoculars, conduct breeding season bird surveys in Park forest. Homework assignment #3 on local bird species.
Day 5 – Herp (reptile and amphibian) survey theory and methods, herp species review, install herp drift fence array in Park forest, conduct a second breeding bird survey. Homework assignment #4 on herps in the Kansas City area.
Week 2, Day 6 – mammal species review, theory and methods of mammal live sampling, check herp drift fence array for captures, identify and release all specimens, set mammal traps in Park forest.
Homework assignment #5 on raccoon ecology.
Day 7 – check mammal traps, identify, weigh, and release any captives, pick up traps, radiotelemetry theory and methods, locate 2 radiocollared raccoons in sleeping nests by radiotelemetry, fixing location with GPS, triangulate on raccoons, compute estimated locations using simple geometry and trig in lab.
Homework assignment #6 on radiotelemetry.
Day 8 – track raccoons to nests again, further radiotelemetry and home range theory, meet again after dark for nighttime tracking of raccoons during activity period.
Day 9 – Creation of a home range using animal location data, conversion to Google Earth format, and display on Google Earth photography background.
Day 10 – final comprehensive exam
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Last Updated:3/4/2009 3:01:43 PM