ES 519: Ecological Research Design

Synonym:

56738 (for web registration)

Section:

A

Faculty:

Jonathan Atwood

Credits:

3

Seats:

18

Semester:

Fall 2008

Meeting Schedule:

Thursdays 9/4 - 12/18 (8:00AM-10:59AM)

Description:

Competency Areas: CB – Required; EAO, EE, Cert, IND & RMC – Elective
Required of and restricted to Conservation Biology students.

This course encourages successful ecological field research by building skills in hypothesis generation, selection of appropriate methods of data collection, use of correct statistical analyses, and effective presentation of results. Basic univariate parametric and non-parametric statistical procedures (chi-square and related tests; ANOVA; regression and correlation analyses) are reviewed. Through lectures, group homework projects, and analysis of quantitative methods used in current studies of conservation biology, students develop skills needed to design effective field research aimed at biodiversity conservation and natural lands management.