Ecology field trips are the cornerstone through which SEEDS introduces diverse students to the range of ecological systems and research in the United States. Students spend three-four days at an ecologically significant site, such as a field station, research laboratory, or national park, learning about the science of ecology, exploring career options, and seeing the practical applications of ecology. Students have the opportunity to find out more about what ecologists do through hands-on experiences with professionals, to receive training in specific areas, and to build networks with students and professionals.
SEEDS REgional field trip to the Whitney Lab in Florida
From Nov 3-6, 2016, 17 students from five institutions participated in a regional field trip to the Whitney Lab for Marine BioScience in St. Augustine and the Guana-Tolomato-Matanzas National Estuarine Research Reserve in Ponte Vendra, FL. Students came from Bethune-Cookman University, Florida A&M University, Florida Atlantic University, Florida International University and University of Florida. Additionally, two SEEDS graduate student alumni and FAMU faculty adviser, Dr. Richard Gragg also accompanied the students. Students had an amazing experience learning about the oysters, the shore birds and the benthic diversity at Whitney Lab. We then went wading into the salt marshes to harvest Spartina which is being used to in restoration efforts to stem shoreline erosion. We are grateful to Andrea and Brandon Noel for pulling together the field trip program.
SEEDS National Field Trip to Flathead Lake Biological Station in Montana
We hosted a National Field Trip to Flathead Lake Biological Station, managed by the University of Montana in Polson, Montana from September 29 – October 2, 2016. SEEDS sponsored 18 undergraduate and one SEEDS alumni to participate in this unique opportunity. With the help from Jim and Monica Elser, and the rest of the FLBS staff, students learned about the science fields of limnology and ecology. They participated in field research exercises collecting zooplankton samples at the lake and learned about the vertical migration of these organisms. They also had the opportunity to visit Glacier National Park where they learned about the glacier waters and the rapidly changing environment due to climate change.
To look at more past trips and detailed trip reports, check out our Past Field Trips page.