This class is designed to teach students how to conduct field research well. It combines physical methods of gathering data with statistical philosophy to identify benefits of different approaches for even slightly differing hypotheses. It is field intensive, hands-on, and applied. The major focus will be on practical techniques and tradeoffs between data quality, quantity, costs, and ethical/environmental considerations. You will gain experience in critical thinking and field techniques; the biology of the organisms sampled will not be evaluated.
Nuances of hypothesis testing, implications of precision & accuracy, pseudoreplication, statistical power, hierarchical database design, field note taking, survey design, and use of various biological sampling equipment/techniques (e.g., map/compass, GPS, boats, traps, nets, electrofishing, tissue sampling, animal anesthetics and tagging, hydroacoustics, scientific photography).