Spend Summer Session 2018 conducting scientific research on an island in Lake Erie. For two weeks, the course will be based at Kelley’s Island Field Station, located on Kelley’s Island in Lake Erie, 3.5 miles north of Marblehead, Ohio. Kelley’s Island has more than 15 miles of shoreline, over 150 acres of natural protected land and is home to unique geologic features including the Glacial Grooves and the North Shore Alvar. Class meetings in Cleveland will cover logistics, biodiversity, and current ecological, environmental, and social issues associated with Lake Erie. Time at the field site will be spent listening to resident lecturers, receiving guided tours, observing and identifying wild organisms in their natural habitat, and conducting a research project. Students will design a field-based research experiment, perform the experiment in the field, and then report their results in the form of a term paper and oral presentation. Instructor consent required to register. Course satisfies a laboratory requirement of the B.A. and B.S. in Biology. Course may be repeated for credit up to two times if traveling to a new destination. *Note: *Course requires students to be physically fit and in good health. Activities will include hiking and long periods spent outdoors. Students will be exposed to hot weather and biting/stinging insects. Offered as BIOL 309 and BIOL 409. Prereq: BIOL 216. The course fee will be $500 for housing, transportation, and equipment. Food not included.
Week 1: 6/4-6/9, MWF, 10:00-10:50, on campus; Weeks 2-3: 6/11-6/22, Kelley’s Island; Week 4: 6/25-6/29, MWF, 10:00-10:50, on campus