EFB 320 - General Ecology 2012 - Lab

 

 

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REQUIRED: EFB 320, General Ecology Lab Manual, Fall 2012 -- available at The Copy Center in Marshall Square. Also, you will need a notebook to take notes and record data. The Notebook should be suitable for taking into the field. Remember, pencils continue to work in the rain, and most pens do not.

 

WHERE TO MEET FOR FIELD TRIPS: In the schedule below is a note indicating whether to meet in the lab room, or at the bus. Busses will depart from Stadium Place between Lawrinson hall and the Standart parking lot. If you face Moon Library from the quad, you can see a tall building in back...that is Lawrinson Hall. Busses meet on the street, west of the hall (down hill side). Be sure to arrive EARLY. We have a lot to accomplish and must depart at the scheduled lab starting time. You are NOT allowed to drive to the field sites. See lab manual for safety precautions.



Lab Schedule
Week Lab Meeting Location
8/27 No Labs -- Get your Lab Book!!  
9/3 Lab1: Statistics Primer Lab room
9/10 Lab 2: Biodiversity of Fungi Bus
9/17
Biodiversity cont.
Lab room
9/24 Lab 3: Soil Ecology Bus
10/1
Lab 3: Data analysis
Lab room
10/8
Lab 3: Peer review
Lab room
10/15 Lab 4: Stream Ecology Bus
10/22
Lab 4: Data analysis
Lab room
10/29
Lab 4: Peer review
Lab room
11/5 Lab 5: Population Growth Lab room
11/12
Lab 5: Data collection/analysis
Lab room
11/19
Thanksgiving week (data collection)
 
11/26
Lab 5: Data collection
Lab room
12/3 Lab 5 report, notebooks are due  

 

 

 

Grading
Lab #
Lab Name
Points
Lab 1
Statistics Primer
25
Lab 2
Biodiversity
 
 
Notebook (field & lab notes and data)
5
 
Descriptions of fungi (1 pt each up to 15 pts)
15
 
Working key with signatures
10
Lab 3
Soil Ecology
 
 
Notebook (field & lab notes and data)
5
  Peer review 5
  Soils report 50
Lab 4
Stream Ecology
 
  Notebook (field & lab notes and data) 5
  Peer review 5
  Stream report 50
Lab 5
Population Growth
 
 
Notebook (lab notes and data)
5
  Population growth report 25
Participation
20
 
Total points

225

 

 

Some details about the grading.

You will use a peer review in each of your big lab write-ups (Labs 3 & 4). The peer review will occur in lab as indicated in the schedule above. We fully expect everyone to offer helpful and constructive comments so that all the final drafts will be improved by the process. The 5 pts are distributed as follows: 2.5pts for the rough draft due on the lab write-up session (e.g., the week of 10/8 for the Soil Ecology lab) and 2.5 points for your serious comments made on two of your classmate's rough drafts. The week after the peer review session, you will turn in your rough draft that was peer-reviewd by two classmates with the comment sheets from your reviewers and your final draft. The final draft will earn up to 50 points. We are serious about this -- because the process will help you become a better writer. If it is clear you did not pay attention to the solid advice of your reviewers you will loose points. Also, if it is clear that you were rather unhelpful in you peer reviews (lacking tack in your suggestions or giving bad advice), you will loose points.

 

The notebook points will be distributed as follows: 2.5 points for notes taken from the TA comments/lectures and 2.5 points for data you collect and analyze, including field observations when on a field trip, actual data points, number crunching, etc. You can staple in data sheets from you lab manual that were used to collect data.

 

T.A. section assignment, office, and email address

Day/Time

Section

Lab Room
(All Illick)

TA

TA Office
(All Illick)

TA Office Hours

email

Tuesday

12:30-3:20

One

1) 306

Emily

Rm

M12:50-1:50, W11:40-12:40 eogburn@syr.edu

Two

2) 220

Becka

Rm 458

M9-10am, T10-11am rwalling@syr.edu

Nine

9) 238

Matt

Rm 401

T 4-5pm, F11:30am - 12:30pm matt.regan2@gmail.com

Wednesday 1:50-4:50

Three

3) 112

Maureen

Rm 405

M1-2pm, Th4-5pm mmdurkin@syr.edu

Four

4) 220

Camille

Rm

M12:45-1:35pm, Th 1-2:15pm ciwarner@syr.edu

Thursday 12:30-3:20

Five

5) 220

Matt

Rm 401

T 4-5pm, F11:30am - 12:30pm matt.regan2@gmail.com

Six

6) 238

Emily

Rm

M12:50-1:50, W11:40-12:40 eogburn@syr.edu

Friday
1:50-4:50

Seven

7) 220

Maureen

Rm 405

M1-2pm, Th4-5pm mmdurkin@syr.edu

Eight

8) 306

Becka

Rm 458

M9-10am, T10-11am rwalling@syr.edu

Ten

10) 238

Camille

Rm

M12:45-1:35pm, Th 1-2:15pm ciwarner@syr.edu