Sections: Digital Field Ecology (May Term 2020 BIOL-290-B)

BIOLOGY 290-B Digital Field Ecology
This course will explore open access, high-quality ecological data sets collected over the past 10 years at more than 80 terrestrial and aquatic field sites throughout the United States as part of the National Science Foundation's National Ecologic Observatory Network (NEON). Students will gain an understanding of the standardized methods used for data collection at NEON field sites, including: 1) collection by automated instruments, 2) observational sampling by field scientists and technicians, and 3) airborne remote sensing surveys by drones or satellites. Students will learn appropriate statistical analyses for detecting and quantifying patterns of change over time within or among ecosystems from the NEON data sets. Daily assignments will task students with summarizing temporal or spatial trends within several ecological themes, including 1) the atmosphere, 2) biogeochemistry, 3) ecohydrology, 4) land cover & processes, and 5) organisms, populations, and communities. Students will complete a final group project synthesizing what they learned about a chosen ecological factor and evaluate what the future may hold for various ecosystems. Prerequisite: BIOL-110

Section Name: BIOL-290-B
Departments: BIOLOGY
Prerequisites: Take BIOL-110
Academic Level: Undergraduate
Course Type:
Credits: 4
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