NTRES 3260

NTRES 3260

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

An interactive-field and lab course designed to provide direct experience with some of the most important field methods and analytical techniques used to examine species, ecosystem and community-level function, structure, and value, especially within the context of contemporary conservation ecology and evolutionary theory. Tools include field sampling techniques, resource and conservation mapping, spatial referencing, GIS, measures of biodiversity, and manual and automated techniques for studying soil, stream, forest, terrestrial, and marine biota and related physical factors. The class is designed to provide a strong background in field research methods and theory related to ecological conservation.

When Offered Spring.

Permission Note Enrollment limited to: seniors and juniors who have taken college-level biology. All others need permission.
Prerequisites/Corequisites Prerequisite: college-level biology or permission of instructor. 

Distribution Category (OPHLS-AG)

  • Students will understand and discuss perceptions, personal values, and effective tools to motivate people towards conservation.
  • Encourage critical analyses, broad philosophical understanding, and integration of a variety of information sources including web-based and media reports, along with scientific publications.
  • Students will be able to use scientific measurements and analyses to distinguish opinion from fact-based decisions.
  • Students will participate in weekly class discussions based on diverse perspectives and philosophies.
  • Students are required to give individual and group presentations, as well as numerous short essays and a final written report. The use of multiple forms of media will be encouraged and rewarded.
  • Students will be evaluated based on independent work, quizzes, and presentations, along with weekly group exercises and two group presentations.

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  •   Regular Academic Session. 

  • 3 Credits Graded

  •  1349 NTRES 3260   LAB 401

    • F
    • Feb 8 - May 14, 2021
    • Morreale, S

      Sullivan, K

  • Instruction Mode: In Person
    Prerequisite: College-level biology or permission of instructor. Enrollment limited to: Graduate students, seniors and juniors who have taken college-level biology. Preference given to Environment & Sustainability majors. All others need permission. For enrollment issues, please fill out the E&S Course Request form (https://tinyurl.com/escourserequest).
    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 warm, insulated boots also suited for walking outdoors to and from field sites in snow and inclement weather. 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.