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

Course Syllabus and Information

Working Schedule

Date Lecture Exercise Assignment
M 10 June Introduction to fish biology and field methods

External Anatomy and finding and measuring characters Finish Lab exercise in notebook; Readings:
T 11 June Freshwater fishes I; active gear types

Beach seine bicentennial pond and minnow traps Readings:
W 12 June Species identification and curation of fish collections

Identify, fix and preserve fish; retrieve minnow traps Quiz I study
TH 13 June Quiz I
Freshwater fishes II; electroshocking gears
Beach seine and purse seine Mansfield Hollow Field exercise report I due Monday
F 14 June Backpack electrofishing safety guidelines, data collection guidelines Stream backpack electrofishing at Eldridge Brook with Dr. Jason Vokoun
M 17 June Freshwater fishes II; passive gear Identify, fix and preserve fish; dissections and GSI Quiz II study
T 18 June Field trip! Boat electrofishing 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; population and community ecology of fishes
TH 20 June Data collection guidelines Seine Fenton River with Dr. Jason Vokoun Field exercise III due Monday
F 21 June Field trip! Seine Morris Cove with NOAA
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