Field Methods in Fish Biology

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EEB 3898 Field Methods in Fish Biology

Summer Session I, 2014
Course Duration: June 2nd - July 3rd, 2014
Meeting Time: Monday, Wednesday, Friday, 9:00 am - 12:00pm in TLS 371

Welcome to Field Methods in Fish Biology! This course is a hands-on, field based introduction to the biology of fishes and field sampling methods, with emphasis on local species.



Jonathan Velotta
Office: Biology/Pharmacy 212
Phone: (860) 486-4694
Mobile: (203) 394-7815
Office hours: by appointment

Syllabus and Course Information

Pdficon small.gif Syllabus

Working Schedule

Date Lecture Exercise Assignment
M 2 June

Introduction to fish biology and field methods, active gear and gear bias

Beach seine and minnow trap Swan Lake
Reading: Pdficon small.gif Field Notebook Guidelines; Pdficon small.gif How to read a science article; Pdficon small.gif Poos et al 2007 JFB
W 4 June

Field Trip

Beach seine and minnow trap Mansfield Hollow Reservoir

Reading: Pdficon small.gif Fink et al 1979 (Section I)
F 6 June

CT fish diversity I, electroshocking gear, curation of fish collections, lake habitats

Pdficon small.gif External anatomy and morphometrics and meristics; Pdficon small.gif Fish fixation protocol

Quiz I Monday; Field exercise report I due Monday
M 9 June

ID Quiz I

Backpack electrofishing Eldredge Brook with Dr. Vokoun

Reading: Pdficon small.gif Gorman and Karr 1978
W 11 June

Field Trip

Seine Willimantic River with Dr. Vokoun

F 13 June

CT fish diversity II; passive gear; river habitats

Identify and preserve specimens
Reading: Pdficon small.gif Post et al 2008; Field exercise report II due Monday
M 16 June

Meet at 12:30pm

Boat electrofishing Coventry Lake with DEEP and retrieval of hoop nets

Exam I study; field notebooks due Wed.

W 18 June

Exam I - field notebooks due!
Saltwater fishes of CT; fish assemblages

F 20 June

Data collection guidelines

Backpack electrofish Fenton River with Dr. Jason Vokoun

Field Exercise report II due Friday
Pdficon small.gif Field Report II guidelines

M 23 June

Field trip!

Seine Morris Cove with NOAA

Quiz II Monday
Reading: Pdficon small.gif Neff et al. 2007, bluegill nesting behavior

W 25 June

Quiz II
Visual observations

Visual observation field trip: snorkel Bicentennial pond

Field exercise report III due Tuesday
Pdficon small.gif Field Exercise Report III guidelines

F 27 June

Seine Fenton River (final report data collection trip) with Dr. Vokoun

Reading: Pdficon small.gif scientific-writing guidelines
Pdficon small.gif Final report guidelines

M 27 June

Quiz III (saltwater fishes)
Course Evaluations

Mansfield Hollow scale sample collection

Exam II study; Finish final report

W 3 July

Exam II
Final report due at 5pm by e-mail

[*changes to our field trip itinerary may be made pending weather, etc.]

Web Resources

Fish Base
CT DEEP Bookstore

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