WILDLIFE ECOLOGY RESEARCH
Where students learn ecology through hands-on research
A high school course offered by the Huyck Preserve and Biological Research Station
Session I: June 30 – July 21, 2013
Session II: July 28 –August 18, 2013
Open to: Rising juniors and seniors
Tuition: $3,600 (includes room, board, lab and book fees; Financial assistance available)
Application due date:
Applications continuing to be accepted for BOTH sessions until Friday, May 31st. Please contact Dr. O'Neal, the Wildlife Ecology Research Program Director for more details.
Wildlife Ecology Research is an intensive 3 week program where rising juniors and seniors learn basic ecological principles through hands-on research experience. Ecologist from colleges and universities around the country instruct students on population, community, physiological, disease and behavioral ecology using a diverse array of wildlife and standard research techniques. Wildlife Ecology Research culminates in rigorous small group research projects where students develop and implement research projects from hypothesis to final paper. This program aims to provide a significant academic experience that will help students prepare for courses and research experiences at the college level.
Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:
- Identify interesting and important research topics and create research protocols using the scientific method
- Understand and implement common field techniques for sampling plant and animal populations.
- Demonstrate a variety of methods for data collection, analysis and interpretation
- Define and discuss 7 major topics of field ecology including: ecosystem, community, population, behavioral, physiological, disease and evolutionary ecology
- Identify prevalent species comprising the main areas of study, and demonstrate effective use of field guides and dichotomous keys.
- Prepare written and oral reports of his or her research