The University of Tennessee at Martin’s Reelfoot Lake Environmental Field Station is happy to announce its 2018 Maymester/Summer field courses. Anyone interested in enrolling in courses should contact Dr. Tom Blanchard at firstname.lastname@example.org. Visit www.utm.edu/departments/reelfoot/ for application form and more information about the field station.
(ZOOL 326 – 3 semester hours)
Course schedule: May 14-June 1(The course will meet on the following days: May 14-17; 21-23; May 29-June 1)
Daily meeting time: 9 am-12 noon, 1:30 pm-4:30 pm
Instructor: Dr. Tom Blanchard (University of Tennessee at Martin)
phone: (731) 881-7594
The Reelfoot Lake area provides a great variety of aquatic habitats that support a diverse assemblage of aquatic insects and other invertebrates. The lake itself is a relatively shallow, natural lake with abundant emergent and submerged vegetation. Surrounding the lake is extensive bottomland forest that is periodically flooded to varying degrees thus providing important ephemeral aquatic habitats. There are also several streams that feed the lake or the Obion River that contain invertebrate taxa more characteristic of flowing water habitats. This course is designed to be an introduction to the study of freshwater macroinvertebrates including structure, classification, ecology and identification. Each day will include a 1 – 2 hr. lecture, collecting in various habitats, and the identification of specimens in the laboratory. One over-night camping trip to Montgomery Bell State Park is planned for the second week of class. Prerequisites: two semesters of introductory biology or permission of instructor.
(BOT 306/506 – 3 semester hours)
Course schedule: June 4-July 3 (This course will meet on the following days: June 4-6; 11-12; 18-20; 25-26; July 2-3)
Daily meeting time: 9 am – 12 noon, 1:30 pm – 4:30 pm)
Instructor: Dr. Ron Jones (Eastern Kentucky University)
phone: (859) 893-4529
Aquatic and Wetland plants is a field-oriented course designed to introduce students to the biology, ecology, and taxonomy of aquatic and wetland plants, with an emphasis on sight recognition and identification of species using diagnostic keys. The course includes field trips to various aquatic and wetland habitats around the Reelfoot Lake area where students will collect plant material that will then be identified through the use of keys. Students will also learn how to dry and preserve plant specimens for the herbarium. Some brief coverage of aquatic and wetland plant adaptations and the biological classification of hydrophytes will be developed in lectures. As many private, state, and federal agencies are interested in hiring people with plant identification skills, this course may be of particular interest to students planning to pursue careers in wetland consulting or rare species biology, as well as in other areas of environmental biology or ecology. This course requires field work involving physical activities such as hiking, wading and canoeing. Prerequisites: two semesters of introductory biology or instructor’s approval.
(ZOOL 323/523 – 3 semester hours)
Course schedule: June 7-July 6 (This course will meet on the following days: June 7-8; 13-15; 21-22; 27-29; July 5-6)
Daily meeting time: Most days we will start at 6am, however, we will be studying nocturnal birds for two of the class meetings, those days usually start around 4pm.
For more information about the daily meeting times, please contact Dr. Wilkins
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: two semesters of introductory biology or instructor’s approval.
*Students can take Aquatic and Wetland Plants concurrently with Field Ornithology