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Biology Lab Resources

BIOL 345: Ecology
Field Ecology Workshop Details

This web page describes what is done in the compulsory, 4-day Field Ecology Workshop of BIOL 345. This part of the course is ideally taken when students are about three-quarters through the Textbook. However, it can be done any time after submission of assignment (TMA) #1 (covering chapters 1-8 of the Textbook) and up to 14 months after a student's registration in the course.

Transportation, Accommodation and Food

Students must make their own arrangements for transportation, accommodation and meals for the Field Ecology Workshop. The four-day sessions will be held at Athabasca University's headquarters in Athabasca, Alberta.

Overall Objectives

As a result of students' experiences during the Field Ecology Workshop, they should be able to:

  1. Obtain first-hand experience with the diversity and complexity of the living world.
  2. Use some basic equipment and techniques of terrestrial and freshwater ecology.
  3. Determine some of the limitations of (theoretical) definitions of basic ecological terms when they are applied in the real world.
  4. Become aware of the kinds of machine and human errors and biases involved in measuring devices and techniques.
  5. Understand the importance of proper collection, preservation and identification of organisms for ecological studies.
  6. Learn some aspects of researching scientific literature, including limitations of current research methods and scientific knowledge.

Updated June 04 2018 by Student & Academic Services

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