Title

FINDINGS OF UNDERGRADUATE STUDENTS CODUCTING ECOLOGICAL SURVEYS IN THE BIBB COUNTY GLADES “BOTANICAL LOST WORLD”.

Faculty Mentor(s)

James Diggs, Evan Lampert

Campus

Gainesville

Proposal Type

Presentation - completed/ongoing

Subject Area

Biology

Location

Library Technology Center 163

Start Date

24-3-2017 2:00 PM

End Date

24-3-2017 2:50 PM

Description/Abstract

Wildlife populations continue to decline; it is imperative that sensitive populations are continually monitored, but there are not enough qualified individuals for this. We designed a three-week summer course, first taught in 2016, titled “Plant and Animal Interactions” (PAI) with all three authors involved in the course, two are teachers Dr. Evan Lampert and Dr. James Diggs, and one was a student (JBF). The goal of PAI is to teach undergraduates how to observe the interspecific interactions between populations of plants and animals, specifically phylum Arthropoda. Undergraduates are trained in the collection and identification, to order, of insects, and the identification, to family, of plants. Students are taught how to lay out transect lines, set up quadrants, and how to identify herbivory patterns. The 2016 class culminated in a trip to The Kathy Stiles Freeland Bibb County Glades Preserve, a plant biodiversity hot spot with eight endemic plant taxa and 60 plant taxa of conservation concern, to practice all field techniques learned. Over 1500 observations of interactions between arthropods and rare, endemic plants were produced by undergraduate students who became more confident with field work and possessed a greater interest in the natural sciences.

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FINDINGS OF UNDERGRADUATE STUDENTS CODUCTING ECOLOGICAL SURVEYS IN THE BIBB COUNTY GLADES “BOTANICAL LOST WORLD”.

Library Technology Center 163

Wildlife populations continue to decline; it is imperative that sensitive populations are continually monitored, but there are not enough qualified individuals for this. We designed a three-week summer course, first taught in 2016, titled “Plant and Animal Interactions” (PAI) with all three authors involved in the course, two are teachers Dr. Evan Lampert and Dr. James Diggs, and one was a student (JBF). The goal of PAI is to teach undergraduates how to observe the interspecific interactions between populations of plants and animals, specifically phylum Arthropoda. Undergraduates are trained in the collection and identification, to order, of insects, and the identification, to family, of plants. Students are taught how to lay out transect lines, set up quadrants, and how to identify herbivory patterns. The 2016 class culminated in a trip to The Kathy Stiles Freeland Bibb County Glades Preserve, a plant biodiversity hot spot with eight endemic plant taxa and 60 plant taxa of conservation concern, to practice all field techniques learned. Over 1500 observations of interactions between arthropods and rare, endemic plants were produced by undergraduate students who became more confident with field work and possessed a greater interest in the natural sciences.