Introduction to Museum Research

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Revision as of 10:44, 27 March 2014

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EEB 3895, Spring 2014

Discovering and proposing research at the
UConn Biodiversity Collections


Meeting Time: Thursdays, 11:00-11:50 in TLS 171b (Bamford Conference Room)

Contents

Instructor

Alejandro Rico
Email: a.rico@uconn.edu
Office: Biology/Pharmacy 404
Phone:(860) 486-0309
Office hours: Mondays 2-3 pm and by appointment


Scope

UConn has the privilege to host comprehensive Biodiversity Research collections encompassing the richness of the world’s organisms. This course is designed to take advantage of this valuable resource. Students will learn about the types of specimens (spirit, skins, fossils, etc.), preparation techniques, and information that can be extracted from them.


Course Policies

Academic Integrity:
Plagiarism and cheating are violations of the student conduct code, and may be punished by failure in the course or, in severe cases, dismissal from the University. For more information, see Section IV of the Student Conduct Code.

Disabilities:
If you have a disability for which you may be requesting an accommodation, you should contact a course instructor and the Center for Students with Disabilities (Wilbur Cross Building, Room 201) within the first two weeks of the semester.


Grading

Project Presentations:
First proposal presentation [25 points] Feb 27;
Revised proposal presentation [25 points] March 27;
Final proposal presentation [30 points] May 1
Pdficon small.gifProposal Presentations Guidelines.pdf

Project Paper:
First proposal [30 points] Apr 3;
Final (revised) proposal [50 points] May 8

Paper discussions:
5 papers at 4 points each [20 points]


Curatorial work arranged through this page with the Vertebrate Collections Manager: Sue Hochgraf (susan.hochgraf@uconn.edu) 860-486-8945
4 hours at 5 points per hour [20 points]

Total: [200 points]


Grading scale: A = 100-90%, B = 89-80%, C = 79-70%, D = 69-60%, F = 59-0%. Plus/minus system will be used for the final grade.

Lecture Schedule & Materials



Date Topic Readings Materials
Jan 30 Introduction, goals, and grading. Museums and Research Collections Collections Facility
UConn Research Collections Policies
Feb 6 Exploring UConn collections I: Spirit, round, and pinned specimens Pdficon small.gif The Value of Museum Collections for Research and Society.pdf Biological Collections Help Scientists Document Environmental Change
Feb 13 Snow day : Due to the forecast of inclement weather, classes at all UConn campuses are canceled Please start scheduling your collections work hours here
Feb 20 Fire alarm evacuation : Paper discussed but collections tour postponed Pdficon small.gif Modelling habitat-suitability using museum collections- an example with three sympatric Apodemus species from the Alps.pdf Pdficon small.gifSpirit_Collections_2014.pdf
Animation of the Inergen fire suppression system
Feb 27 Exploring UConn collections II: Skeletons, eggs, feathers, and plants Pdficon small.gif Morphological variation in vanishing Mexican desert fishes of the genus Characodon (Goodeidae).pdf U.S. biological collections national resource
Mar 6 Presentations of project ideas and proposed methodology I Pdficon small.gif Predicting the sensitivity of butterfly phenology to temperature over the past century.pdf Museums and the environment
Mar 13 Presentations of project ideas and proposed methodology II Pdficon small.gif Eggshell thinning of osprey (Pandion haliaetus) breeding in Sweden and its significance for egg breakage and breeding outcome.pdf
Mar 20 Spring recess
Mar 27 Presentations of project ideas and proposed methodology III
Apr 3 Presentations of modified project ideas and definite methodology I
Apr 10 Presentations of modified project ideas and definite methodology II
Apr 17 Submission of the projects written proposals. Project work I
Apr 24 One to one discussion of the written proposals. Project work II
May 1 Project final presentations
May 8 Final submission of the project written proposals
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