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LSC 322 — Fund. of Ecology Laboratory

Updated 5 April 2018

Course Information

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Description: A laboratory course designed to introduce students to the basic techniques of scientific research in the discipline of ecology. 3 hours lab. Fee. Pre or corequisite: BIO 320.

Current Section:
Th 8:00 - 10:45 — CLCC 385
Th 2:30 - 5:15 — CLCC 385

The Instructor: Udo M. Savalli

Text: McMillan, V.E. 2016. Writing Papers in the Biological Sciences, 6th ed. Bedford/St. Martin’s.
You are also expected to review relevant chapters in the text for the lecture class (BIO 320 or similar) and additional readings that will be posted.

General Handouts:

  • Course syllabus (Spring 2018)
  • Assumption of Risk Form
  • Field Safety Agreement

  • Excel workbook for statistical analyses

  • Some General Information About Writing Lab Reports
  • Guidelines for Written Assignments & Worksheets
  • Checklist for Writing Lab Reports

  • ASU Writing Centers
  • ASU Libraries One Search
  • Table of Contents for Molles 2016 Ecology Text Chapters from this text may be referenced in some class handouts, so this is to give you an idea of what topics to refer to for additional insight. Any suitable Ecology text may be used

  • Independent Projects Information

  • Guide for Making Your Indep. Project Posters New!

  • Lab Schedule
    (Spring 2018)

    Additional Info:
    Jan 11 — Course Intro & Lab Safety CLCC 385
    Jan 18 — Science, Hypothesis Testing & Statistics CLCC 385 Notes for Lab 1 Worksheet
    Jan 25 — Soil Ecology (part 1) CLCC 385 Frog-Ant Mimicry Article Article Review Worksheet
    Feb 1 — Soil Ecology (part 2); Review Scientific Article CLCC 385 Class Soil Data Soil Worksheet
    Feb 8 — Allometry & Temperature Physiology CLCC 385 Writeup: Methods & Results
    Feb 15 — A Walk in the Park Phoenix Sonoran Preserve
    Directions: Google | BIng
    Guide to Writing Field Notes
    Annotated Sample Field Notes
    Field Notes
    Feb 22 — Bird Foraging Strategy CLCC 385 (Outdoor lab on campus) Class Foraging Data: AM Lab | PM Lab Writeup: Introduction — due Sat, Mar 3, midnight
    Worksheet due next lab
    Mar 1 — Vertebrate Population Density Piestewa Peak, Phoenix Mts Park — 40th St.
    Directions: Google | BIng
    Class Population Census Data Worksheet
    Mar 8 — Spring Break — No Class
    Mar 15 — Pollination ecology Rio Salado Habitat Restoration Area
    Directions: Google | BIng
    ID Guide to Flowers & Pollinators Writeup: Results & Discussion
    Mar 22 — Plant Diversity Piestewa Peak, Phoenix Mts Park — 40th St.
    Directions: Google | BIng
    Guide to Local Plants
    Excel File for Diversity Analysis
    Writeup: Full Paper due Apr 6, 2:00 pm
    Mar 29 — Competition: Plant Allelopathy, part 1 CLCC 385 Worksheet due at final consultation for independent project (week of Apr 19)
    Apr 5 — Present Independent Project Proposals CLCC 385 Project Proposal due
    Apr 12 — Work on Independent Project CLCC 385 or your field site(s)
    Apr 19 — Final consultation with instructor on independent project CLCC 213 By individual appointment
    Apr 26 — Independent Project Poster Presentations CLCC 385 Project due

    1. Links go to Lab Handouts: You must print and bring them with you to lab or field! (All handouts in PDF format; require free Acrobat Readeracrobat)
    2. Due on the following lab unless indicated otherwise on the assignment

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