The University of Tennessee at Martin’s Reelfoot Lake Environmental Field Station is happy to announce its 2019 Maymester/Summer field courses. Anyone interested in enrolling in courses should contact Dr. Tom Blanchard at firstname.lastname@example.org.
(ZOOL 327/527) – 3 semester hours)
Meeting time: May 13-31 (Monday – Thursday, full day; 3rd week - Tue - Fri)
Instructor: Dr. Tom Blanchard (University of Tennessee at Martin)
phone: (731) 881-7594
The Reelfoot Lake area provides a great variety of aquatic and terrestrial habitats that supports a diverse assemblage of amphibians and reptiles. The lake itself is a relatively shallow, natural lake with abundant emergent and submerged vegetation and extensive areas of periodically flooded cypress forests. The loess bluffs that are to the east and south of Reelfoot Lake offer upland habitat unlike that which is found throughout most of northwest Tennessee. This course offers a great opportunity to observe a number of amphibian and reptile species in their natural habitats. The course will focus on the basic ecology of amphibians and reptiles, common techniques used to capture, handle, and mark various species, and the analysis of ecological data. Each day will include a 1 – 2 hr. lecture, followed by field trips to different habitats around the Reelfoot Lake area. Night-time sampling will be a common activity during this course. Prerequisites: introductory biology or instructor’s approval.
(BOT 305/505 – 3 semester hours)
Meeting time: June 3-July 3 (Mon., Wed., alternate Frid., Full day)
Instructor: Dr. Jennifer Greenwood (University of Tennessee at Martin)
phone: (731) 881-7175
Why would anyone want to take a course in freshwater algae? Why doesn’t everyone want to take a course in freshwater algae? Learning about algae is like opening a door to a brand new microscopic world that is colorful, vibrant and teeming with life. You might hardly ever think about algae, but algae are beautiful organisms that play a critical role in freshwater ecosystems. This course will teach students how to sample algae from different aquatic ecosystems such as lakes, ponds, streams and wetlands, and also how to sample from different microhabitats such as plankton, sediment, rocks, Cypress knees, etc. Students will learn how to key algae and to recognize algal genera representatives from cyanobacteria, green algae, diatoms, euglenids, chrysophytes and any other group that we sample. Knowledge from this course would be useful for students who are planning a career in an environmental or aquatic field. There is also increasing demand by consulting firms and government agencies for people with experience in algal identification. This course will require field work involving physical activity. Prerequisites: introductory biology or instructor’s approval.
(ZOOL 323/523 – 3 semester hours)
Meeting time: June 4-July 5 (Mon., Wed., alternate Frid., Full day)
Instructor: Dr. H. Dawn Wilkins (University of Tennessee at Martin)
phone: (731) 881-7188
Field Ornithology is designed to teach students how to identify birds and to give students a better understanding of what it means to be a professional field ornithologist. We will investigate the numerous habitats around Reelfoot Lake as students learn to identify a wide range of species. In addition, students will use the scientific method and common field techniques in ornithology as they participate in research projects. Projects include observing differences in diversity between habitat types, censusing owls, erecting and monitoring nest boxes, observing interactions within heron rookeries, and mapping Osprey/Eagle nests. This course will require extensive field work in a variety of situations including hiking, wading, canoeing, and boating. Prerequisites: introductory biology or instructor’s approval.