Field Ecology and Entomology
BIOL 4970/5970, Sec. 051
Syllabus - PDF
COURSE DESCRIPTION: This course will explore the patterns of environments and species near Lake Texoma. We will spend the majority of our time in the field, investigating biological communities. Plants, insects, reptiles and amphibians will be among our focal groups. Students will learn natural history and ecology of dominant/ common species in several terrestrial and riparian communities. We will observe insect behavior, learn collection techniques, and prepare an insect collection. Students will learn the common families of insects encountered near the Biological Station.
We will examine the patterns of vegetation and discuss plant-insect interactions.
Students will design and complete individual or small group research projects.
SCHEDULE: The course activities will be flexible and often involve long days, beginning early and continuing until late evening. Field trips to local areas in surrounding counties and nearby reserves in Texas will structure some of our days. Classroom discussions of topics will prepare students for a final exam. The UOBS Insect teaching collection and field guides will be used to build an individual insect collection and prepare for a lab practical.
REQUIRED MATERIALS AND READING: Kaufman Field Guide to Insects of North America, Eaton, E. and Kaufman, K. Houghton Mifflin, ISBN-10: 0-618-15310-1. $14.61 plus tax (price subject to change) and other articles from refereed scientific journals.
Students should bring rough clothing suitable for field work. We will often be working around wet environments and old shoes that can be worn into water are recommended. We will be in fields on hot days and a hat will be required. Students will likely want insect repellent, sunscreen, long sleeved shirts and clothes that can withstand abrasive vegetation and briars. We will encounter poison ivy and students who are very sensitive will need to take precautions.
- Individual Project (10%)
- Classroom and field work participation (10%)
- Final exam 25%
- Practical exam 15%
- Insect collection 25%
- Field Notebook 15%
Graduate students will be required to undertake an additional research project.
Reasonable Accommodation: Any student who has a disability that may require accommodations in this course should contact Kenneth Hobson, Donna Cobb, and the Office of Disability Services, Goddard Health Center, Rm. 166, (405) 325-3852, as soon as possible.
Codes of Behavior: Each student should acquaint her or his self with the University’s codes, policies, and procedures involving academic and personal misconduct. The Academic Misconduct Code is available at integrity.ou.edu.