Field Biology Quarter

FBQ Spring 2017 - California Research Locations

Instructors: Dr. Ren Larison, Dr. Peter Nonacs
Local (Across California)

The FIELD BIOLOGY QUARTER is a quarter-long program designed to give advanced undergraduates experience studying wild organisms in their natural environment. For most students, the FBQ is a once-in-a-lifetime experience that forever shapes how they view the biological world; for a few, it is the start of a rewarding career as a field biologist. Working in groups or individually, FBQ students design and carry out original research in the field, under the guidance of the instructors. Back on campus, students analyze their own data, review the relevant literature, write journal article-style reports, and give informal seminar presentations. Essentially, this is a crash course in the whole process of doing field research. In Spring 2017, the students will participate in 3-4 weeks of fieldwork in remote locations throughout California.

Spring 2017 FBQ Courses and Instructors:
EE Biol 124 – Field Ecology (8 units) – Dr. Ren Larison
EE Biol 132 – Field Behavioral Ecology (8 units) – Dr. Peter Nonacs

The 16 upper division units of coursework fulfills the field quarter requirement for Ecology, Behavior, and Evolution (EBE) majors and fulfill 16 units of the Biology major or Conservation Biology minor. Qualified students in other majors and departments are welcome to apply.

Prerequisites and recommended courses: Prerequisites for the FBQ are Life Sciences 1, EE Biology 100, or an equivalent course in animal ecology and behavior, and the consent of the instructors. We also recommend that applicants take (1) one year of math and physics, (2) a course in statistics, and (3) one or more of following EE Biol courses: 129 (Animal Behavior), C126 (Behavioral Ecology), 122 (Ecology), 120 (Evolution), 116 (Conservation Biology), 114A (Ornithology), 113A (Herpetology), 112 (Ichthyology), 115 (Mammology).

Cost: Besides normal registration fees and tuition, there will be a mandatory student contribution to defray costs associated with the trip (travel, lodging, food, and supplies). We will do our best to keep the cost as low as possible (tentatively between $500 and $800 for the quarter). In addition, students will be expected to update their immunizations, as needed, and to bring certain personal items along on the trip (suitable clothing, toiletries, compass, flashlight, etc.). If you are accepted for the Spring 2017 FBQ, a non-refundable deposit will be due after the interview process is complete.

Application Process: Applications for the Spring 2017 FBQ are available both online [ CLICK HERE ] and in the Ecology and Evolutionary Biology (EEB) Undergraduate Office (101 Hershey). Interviews with the instructors will be arranged through the EEB Undergraduate Office. You will receive notification one to two weeks after the application deadline.

DEADLINE: Please email your application packet to the EEB Undergraduate Office by 4PM Tuesday, May 10, 2016. (Each packet should include your DPR/DAR.)