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

Beach seine bicentennial pond and minnow traps


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