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2015 Courses

2015 Course Registration

NOW OPEN - registration began at 7:45 AM 1/30/2015

Summer 2015 Course Schedule

Session A: May 31 - June 19

EFB 202 Ecological Monitoring and Biodiversity Assessment Fiene

Session B: June 21 - July 3

EFB 496/796 Ecology of Adirondack Insects Hager
EFB 384 Field Herpetology Johnson
EFB 342 Fungal Ecology and Diversity Weir
EFB 496 Ecology of Adirondack Aquatic Ecosystems Deans
EFB 498 Research Problems Staff

Session C: July 12 - July 31

EFB 202 Ecological Monitoring and Biodiversity Assessment Fiene

Session D: August 2 - August 14

EFB 496/796 Wetland Plants and Communities of the Adirondacks Leopold/Musselman
EFB 337 Field Ethnobotany Kimmerer
EFB 388 Adirondack Fishes Farrell
EFB 345 Forest Health Castello/Teale
EFB 498 Research Problems Staff

student working2015 Course Descriptions

Courses can be taken for graduate credit upon request.

EFB 202 Ecological Monitoring and Biodiversity Assessment (3)
Forty-five hours of lecture, laboratory and field instruction per week for three weeks. An introduction to the biodiversity of northeastern North American terrestrial, wetland, and aquatic communities with a focus on vascular plants and invertebrate and vertebrate animals. Incorporates practical field exercises designed to acquaint the student with problem solving. Summer, Cranberry Lake Biological Station.

EFB 337 Field Ethnobotany (3)
Two hours of lecture per week and six to eight hours of field work and discussion each day for two weeks. A field-based introduction to the identification and traditional cultural uses of plants in the Adirondack region for food, medicine and fiber. Topics include plant identification, traditional ecological knowledge and use of ecological and ethnobotanical methods. Satisfies elective field course requirement in programs offered by Department of Environmental and Forest Biology. Cranberry Lake Biological Station. Summer.
Prerequisite: EFB 226 or equivalent.

EFB 342 Fungal Diversity and Ecology (3)
Two hours of lecture, and eight hours of fieldwork and discussion each day for two weeks. An integrated field and laboratory course designed to provide an introduction to the collection, identification and ecology of fungi and fungal-like organisms. Included in the course are Oomycetes (Kingdom Straminipila) and Myxomycetes (Kingdom Protista), as well as the more familiar groups of Kingdom Fungi. Satisfies field study elective requirement in Environmental and Forest Biology. Summer, Cranberry Lake Biological Station.
Prerequisite: General biology or general botany.

EFB 345 Forest Health (3)
Seven and one-half hours of lecture and 45 hours of field exercises per week for two weeks. Required in the Forest Health major, but open to others. Examines the varied ecological roles and impacts of pests and pathogens in managed and unmanaged northern forests. Students learn to collect, identify, and study forest insects and pathogens using inventory, survey, analytic methods, and independent research. Summer, Cranberry Lake Biological Station.
Prerequisites: One year of general biology, and EFB 202 or equivalents.

EFB 384 Field Herpetology (3)
Two hours of lecture, and eight hours of field work and discussion each day for two weeks. An integrated field and laboratory course in the identification, natural history, ecology, and conservation of amphibians and reptiles of the Adirondack region. Satisfies field study elective requirement in Environmental and Forest Biology. Summer, Cranberry Lake Biological Station.
Prerequisite: General biology or general zoology.

EFB 388 Ecology of Adirondack Fishes (3)
Two hours of lecture, and eight hours of fieldwork and discussion each day for two weeks. An integrated field and laboratory course in the identification of fish and recognition of ecological characteristics of major fish species and communities of Adirondack waters. Satisfies a component of the field study elective requirement in Environmental and Forest Biology. Summer, Cranberry Lake Biological Station.
Prerequisite: General zoology or general biology.

EFB 496/796 Topics

Ecology of Adirondack Aquatic Ecosystems

Ecology of Adirondack Insects (3) join Dr. Barb Hager (Cazenovia College) as she unravels the fascinating diversity and life histories of Adirondack insects.

Wetland Plants and Communities of the Adirondacks

EFB 496 Topics in Environmental and Forest Biology (1 - 3)
Experimental, interdisciplinary or special coursework in biology for undergraduate students. Subject matter and method of presentation varies from semester to semester. May be repeated for additional credit. Fall or Spring.

EFB 498 Research Problems in Environmental and Forest Biology (1 - 3)
Independent research by advanced undergraduate student in topic related to environmental biology, conducted at SUNY-ESF or outside institution. EFB-based faculty member serves as student’s research sponsor; EFB-based faculty member or scientist at outside institution serves as research supervisor. Final written report to academic sponsor serves as basis for grade. Fall, Spring, Summer.
Prerequisite: Permission of instructor.

EFB 796 Topics in Environmental and Forest Biology (1 - 3)
Special instruction, conference, advanced study, and research in selected subject areas. A written report required. Check Schedule of Courses for details. Fall and Spring.


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