NTRES 2100

NTRES 2100

Course information provided by the Courses of Study 2020-2021.

Introduction to field identification, natural history, and study of plants, animals, and natural systems. Emphasizes the interaction of students with nature, the recording of ecological phenomena, and advancing student awareness and understanding of the natural environment, including ecological concepts (e.g., ecosystem, community, habitat, and niche). Students work cooperatively in hands-on field lab exercises to build skills in the identification and classification of native biota and their natural history. Students conduct an independent field research project in which they formulate research questions from field observations, develop a sampling plan, collect field data, and interpret those data for a research report/presentation. Students maintain a detailed field notebook of natural history observations from field labs and independent observations. 

When Offered Fall.

Prerequisites/Corequisites Prerequisite: one introductory biology course.

Distribution Category (OPHLS-AG)

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Outcomes
  • Students will be able to identify and characterize ecosystem types, ecological communities, and habitats in the northeastern region based on key structural features, associated taxa, and the physical environment.
  • Students will be able to identify approximately 200 common taxa of plants and animals in the northeastern region, and will understand the natural history of those species and their relationship to the environment.
  • Students will be able to apply field research methods and approaches in a variety of ecological disciplines.
  • Students will be able to formulate research questions from field observations, develop a sampling plan, collect field data, interpret and discuss results in relation to research questions.

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Enrollment Information
Syllabi: 1 available
  •   Regular Academic Session.  Choose one lecture and one laboratory.

  • 4 Credits Graded

  •  1070NTRES 2100  LEC 001

    • TOnline Meeting
    • Sep 2 - Dec 16, 2020
    • Goebel, M

      Rodewald, P

  • Instruction Mode: Online
    Course enrollment is limited to CALS and Arts & Sciences students planning to complete the Environment & Sustainability major. Enrollment issues? Please fill out the E&S Course Request form: https://tinyurl.com/escourserequest.

  •  1071NTRES 2100  LAB 401

    • TRTo Be Assigned
    • Sep 2 - Dec 16, 2020
    • Goebel, M

      Rodewald, P

  • Instruction Mode: In Person Transition to Online
    Labs involve travel to field sites to perform research and expand student skill sets for working in the field. With Covid-19 restrictions, this requires students to walk/hike to sites located up to 30 minutes from Cornell campus (Fernow Hall) carrying your belongings in a backpack, often over uneven terrain. Although the walking/hiking is not rigorous, field labs often involve being on your feet for nearly the duration of the lab period. For each 3-hour lab you should carry sufficient drinking water, and a snack (if desired). You must wear close-toed footwear with a strong sole (no sandals or flipflops; hiking boots preferred), and long pants to protect legs from scratches in brushy/thorny habitat). If you have physical or other limitations that make it difficult for you to participate in the course, please contact the office of Student Disability Services (sds_cu@cornell.edu) so that we may work to accommodate your participation in this field-based course.
    Enrollment limited to students who are able to attend in-person classes in the Ithaca area.

  •  2597NTRES 2100  LAB 402

    • WFTo Be Assigned
    • Sep 2 - Dec 16, 2020
    • Goebel, M

      Rodewald, P

  • Instruction Mode: In Person Transition to Online
    Labs involve travel to field sites to perform research and expand student skill sets for working in the field. With Covid-19 restrictions, this requires students to walk/hike to sites located up to 30 minutes from Cornell campus (Fernow Hall) carrying your belongings in a backpack, often over uneven terrain. Although the walking/hiking is not rigorous, field labs often involve being on your feet for nearly the duration of the lab period. For each 3-hour lab you should carry sufficient drinking water, and a snack (if desired). You must wear close-toed footwear with a strong sole (no sandals or flipflops; hiking boots preferred), and long pants to protect legs from scratches in brushy/thorny habitat). If you have physical or other limitations that make it difficult for you to participate in the course, please contact the office of Student Disability Services (sds_cu@cornell.edu) so that we may work to accommodate your participation in this field-based course.
    Enrollment limited to students who are able to attend in-person classes in the Ithaca area.