Field Biology Quarter

FBQ Spring 2014 news

Spring 2014 FBQ announced

Local (Across Southern and Central 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 some, it is the start of a rewarding career as a biologist. Working in groups and individually, FBQ students design and carry out original research in the field, under the guidance of both instructors.

In Spring 2014, we will use reptiles and amphibians as a model system for conducting quantitative biological surveys. This FBQ will include 4 weeks of fieldwork in the Central Valley grasslands, coastal southern CA mountains, and isolated desert mountains, including work with endangered species and in remote field locales. A key part of the course is the use of the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County (NHMLAC) collections as an academic resource. At the NHMLAC, students learn identification and museum science techniques. 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 field herpetology and more generally, biodiversity research methods, from conceptualization to final publication.

Spring 2014 FBQ Courses and Instructors:
EE Biol 113B – Field Herpetology (8 units)
EE Biol 124B – Field Ecology (8 units)
Dr. H. Bradley Shaffer (UCLA) and Dr. Greg Pauly (NHMLAC)

The 16 upper division units of coursework fulfills the field quarter requirement for Ecology, Behavior, and Evolution (EBE) majors and fulfills 16 units of the 19-unit upper-division requirement for Conservation Biology minors. 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 the consent of the instructors. We also recommend that applicants take a course in statistics, and one or more of following EE Biol courses: 129 (Animal Behavior), 122 (Ecology), 120 (Evolution), and/or 116 (Conservation Biology).

Cost: Besides normal registration fees and tuition, there will be a mandatory student contribution to defray costs associated with the field trips (travel, lodging, food, and supplies). We will do our best to keep the cost as low as possible (tentatively, around $500). In addition, students will be expected to update their immunizations as needed, and to bring suitable clothing, headlamps, camping supplies, etc. If you are accepted for the Spring 2014 FBQ, a non-refundable deposit will be due after the interview process is complete.

Application Process: Applications for the Spring 2014 FBQ will be available both online 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: Three (3) application packets must be submitted to the EEB Undergraduate Office (101 Hershey) by 4PM Friday, January 10th, 2014. (Each packet should have a copy of the application stapled on top of a copy of your DPR/DAR.)