Biology 362LS: Aquatic Field Ecology

Course Information

Instructor: Prof. Emily Bernhardt

Explore the stream, wetland and reservoir ecosystems of NC. Through hands on inquiry and field experimentation students will gain experience in formulating hypotheses, designing field observations and experiments, analyzing field data and interpreting field results. In addition to weekly field labs, the course will include two weekend field trips, one to the Duke Marine Lab and the second to the NC mountains.


Student Writing Assignment

What are students writing? Journal article.
For whom? Experts working in biology, ecology, or environmental science.
Where would such writing typically be found? A journal such as Ecology or BioScience.
Why would someone usually read it? To learn the best current answer to a scientific question that has been clearly stated, critically evaluated and thoughtfully discussed.


Reader requirements: professional experience in Biology, Ecology, or environmental science research.


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Student – Reader Interactions

Introductory Meeting, between Sept 23 and Sept 30

Results draft

  • Oct 5: Student sends Results to Reader
  • by Oct 11: real-time meeting to discuss results; Reader sends written feedback before meeting

Intro and Methods

  • Nov 7: Student sends Intro and Methods to Reader
  • by Nov 14th, real-time meeting to do read-through; no written feedback needed

Complete Draft

  • Nov 30: Student sends complete draft to Reader
  • by Dec 7: real-time meeting to discuss feedback; Reader sends feedback before meeting

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