BI 415 Senior Research
FA 2009 HOD
Assistant Professor of Biology
PhD Zoology, University of Arkansas, postdoc Conservation Biology/GISMS Biology, Central Washington UniversityBA Math, BS Biology, Univ. Texas at Arlington
M-W-F 10:00-11:00, T-Th 9:00 - 11:30, and by appointment
Aug. 17, 2009 - Dec. 10, 2009
Lecture: Monday, Wednesday, Friday; Lab: M-W-F
Lecture: M-W-F 8:00 - 9:00 AM, M-W 12:00 - 1:15 PM; Lab: M-W-F: 1:30 - 4:20 PM
No text for this course. Scientific literature supplied by the instructor and collected through the student’s research will provide needed background information and subject matter expertise.
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In this course the student will be able to learn through hands-on practice and application of research techniques, data analysis, and report writing, under the direction of the instructor. Background scientific literature will also provide the student with a fuller knowledge of the research topic and allow interpretation of study results in light of current understanding.
1. Data collection in a systematic and timely fashion, using methods described in proposal. 20%
2. Weekly meetings with advisor to discuss progress of research and modify study protocol as required. 20%
3. Analysis of results and written report submitted at the end of the semester. 50%
4. Oral and/or poster presentation of results of study. 10%
Late Submission of Course Materials:
Classroom Rules of Conduct:
1. The undergraduate research student and faculty mentor will meet on average once a week at a mutually agreeable time.
2. Student will take notes concerning what is discussed and research plans for the next week.
3. Periodic work sessions will be scheduled to ensure completion of the project.
4. Every effort should be made to complete the investigation in a reasonable length of time.
5. Progress of the research project will be discussed with the departmental chair and any interested faculty.
Coursework will consist of growing season field work and later data analysis and writing. Forest characteristics will be measured at a group of macroplots randomly selected throughout the Park University campus forest. Three macroplots were measured during the Maymester class, 2009. Seventeen additional macroplots will be completed during summer 2009.
In addition, a set of daytime nesting sites of 2 raccoons will also be plotted and comparisons made of forest characteristics at raccoon nest sites and random forest plots. Some new raccoon nest sites may need to be obtained using radiotelemetry equipment for the following reasons: 1) current nesting locations were obtained during late winter and early spring before leaf growth in the forest and comparing forest characteristics associated with leaf cover between winter and summer plots will not be meaningful with respect to raccoon ecology, and 2) raccoon nest trees, for which GPS coordinates were previously obtained, were not generally tagged for future identification and relocation, therefore navigating back to the original tree may not be possible.
Work will be undertaken with the assistance of another student who will be a co-investigator on the project and junior author on the final report and presentations.
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Last Updated:8/14/2009 12:46:59 PM