Field Methods in Fish Biology 2013

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EEB 3898 Field Methods in Fish Biology

Summer Intensive I, 2013
Course Duration: June 10th - June 28th, 2013
Meeting Time: Monday through Friday, 1:00 - 4:00pm in TLS371

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 201
Phone: (860) 486-4694
Mobile: (203) 394-7815
Office hours: by appointment

Syllabus and Course Information

Pdficon small.gif Syllabus updated on June 7th

Working Schedule

Date Lecture Exercise Assignment
M 10 June

Introduction to fish biology and field methods

External Anatomy and finding and measuring characters
Pdficon small.gifExternal anatomy and morphometrics and meristics

Finish Lab exercise in notebook; Readings: Pdficon small.gif Field Notebook Guidelines ; Pdficon small.gif How to read a science article

T 11 June

Freshwater fishes I; Lake habitats; active gear

Beach seine Bicentennial Pond

Readings: Pdficon small.gifPoos et al 2007 JFB; discussion on Thurs

W 12 June

Field trip!

Beach seine Coventry Lake

Readings: Pdficon small.gif Fink et al., 1979 (Section I)

TH 13 June

Freshwater fishes II; electroshocking gear; River habitats; Species identification and curation of fish collections

Identify, fix and preserve fish
Pdficon small.gif Fish Fixation/Preservation Protocol

Quiz I study
Field exercise report I due Monday
Pdficon small.gif Field Exercise Report Guidelines

F 14 June

Quiz I

Purse seine Crystal Lake

Finish field exercise report I

M 17 June

Freshwater fishes III; passive gear

Identify, fix and preserve fish; dissections and GSI

Poos et al. discussion questions due Tuesday

T 18 June

Field trip

Boat electrofishing Coventry Lake with DEEP and retrieval of hoop nets

Exam I study; Field Exercise report II due Thursday

W 19 June

Exam I
Saltwater fishes of CT; visual observation methods; fish assemblages

TH 20 June

Data collection guidelines

Seine/Backpack electrofish Fenton River with Dr. Jason Vokoun

Field exercise III due Monday

F 21 June

Quiz II

Seine Morris Cove with NOAA

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

M 24 June

Visual observation guidelines

Visual observation field trip; specimen preservation time

Quiz III study; Reading:

T 25 June

Quiz III

Pop and community ecology project data collection

Reading: ; write Introduction and Methods of final report due Thursday

W 26 June

Data analysis guidelines

Pop and community ecology project data collection

Begin data analysis

TH 27 June

Age analysis using scales; more data analysis

Ageing of focal species by scales; finalize biodiversity collection

Exam II study; write report Discussion and finish report

F 28 June

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