Here are materials
from the Winter Academic Fair
We are still
accepting applications (until the program is full). Our application for
Spring 2014 is available here.
Participants have been selected as of March 4th, 2014. The trip
is full. Our Grand Canyon
trip will be April 7th-21st, 2014.
This is the
home-site for Field Ecology, a program at the Evergreen State
College! Our current program is being offered as a spring program in
2014 focusing on Forests and Prairies of the PNW, and forests and deserts
of the Southwest. Students will gain experiments conducting hands-on
student originated studies in ornithology and plant ecology. There will be
opportunities to participate in either bird banding workshops or a remote
field trip to the Grand Canyon, AZ.
program focuses on intensive group and individual field research in current
topics in ecology. Students intensively use the primary literature and
student-driven field research to address observations about ecological
composition, structure, and function in natural environments. Independent
and group research projects in relevant natural settings form the core of
our curriculum. In the past our program has ranged from the South Puget
Sound to the Southwestern US. In 2008, our program had three distinct
research sites ranging from the South Puget Sound prairies to the east side
of the North Cascades (the Sinlahekin Wildlife
Area near Loomis, WA). In 2010 (Spring) Our program once again conducted
research at Glacial Heritage Prairie and Preserve (WA), The Grand Canyon
(AZ), and Mt Rose (WA Olympic Mountains). In 2011-2013 we conducted studies
in diverse systems from local managed forests of the Pacific Northwest to
desert environments of the southwest and Grand Canyon. In all Field Ecology
programs, research projects are quickly developed, and expanded on, in a fast-paced, big-ideas, constructive environment,
where the course forms a community working to make each project better.
Research projects presentations and writing workshops build these ideas
into workable products to share with the outside world. Science is a
creative endeavor at its core, and we capitalize on that by focusing on
application of new ideas in a synergistic interdisciplinary environment.
themes vary from year to year, our work has spanned projects in community
ecology, ecosystem ecology, physiology and plant-herbivore interactions,
and trophic interactions. Topics of study in all programs include community
ecology, bird and plant biodiversity analysis, forest structure, ecological
restoration; riparian ecology; fire history; ethnobotany;
insect-plant interactions; global change biology; disturbance ecology; and
ecological genetics and genes-to-ecosystems analyses. These topics and
student projects are crystallized through paper-writing workshops in which
group and individual papers are produced. We emphasize identification of
original field research problems in diverse habitats, experimentation, data
analyses, oral presentation of findings, and writing in journal format.
the description for our current upcoming program http://evergreen.edu/catalog/2013-14/programs/fieldecology-9255