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Field Courses

FANR 4271/6271 - Spring Break in Hawaii

Offered during spring break through Warnell's Discover Abroad office.

FISH 4650L/6650L - Fisheries Field Camp

Students will learn fish collection and identification skills for Georgia's freshwater and coastal fishes. Habitats sampled will include beach, estuaries, streams, and reservoirs within the Mountains, Piedmont, and Coastal Plain. Emphasis will be placed upon field techniques, but the course will also include some lab-based instruction and writing assignments.

This is a Maymester field course, with lectures and laboratories scheduled during the entire session. It will meet 7-8 hours/day (+travel time) from Monday-Friday; however, inclement weather and complex scheduling may require moving some activities to the weekends. There will be one hour of lecture/day and 6-7 hours of field work. Students are expected to travel throughout the state and stay in campsites/institutional facilities.

Instructors: Brett Albanese, Jay Shelton, and Susan Wilde

FORS 4080/6080 - Management and Restoration of the Longleaf Pine Ecosystem

Basic ecology, management, and restoration of the longleaf pine ecosystem. Topics will include longleaf history, conservation status, and fire ecology. Discussion and hands-on application of management and restoration techniques for overstory, understory, and wildlife.

The course will be taught as an intensive 6-day and 5-night Maymester class at the Joseph W. Jones Ecological Research Center in Newton, GA.

Instructor: Daniel Markewitz

FORS 4270/6270 - Summer in Great Smokey Mountains National Park

Offered in summer just prior to fall term through Warnell's Discover Abroad office.

FORS 4650/6650 - Forestry Field Camp

forestry field camp is an off-campus field practicum for students majoring in forestry. Field skills will be demonstrated, practiced, and honed in the forest environment in the areas of applied silviculture, harvesting, and forest inventory. In addition, a series of visits to forest products manufacturing and utilization facilities will provide first-hand knowledge of pulp, paper, solid wood, and engineered forest products and the resources required for their manufacture.

The course will be offered over three weeks during the Maymester of summer session. It will meet eight hours per day from Monday-Friday. The course will be held in a field/forest location. There will be one hour of lecture per day (five hours per week) and six hours of field work per day (thirty per week).

Instructors: Mike Kane, Bronson Bullock, Joe Dahlen, Dick Daniels, and Dale Greene

FORS 5610/7610 - Prescribed Fire in the Forest Ecosystem

Applications of fire as a tool for forest management, species conservation, and ecosystem restoration in the southeastern coastal plain. Analysis of fuels, weather, and fire behavior. Fire effects on plants, animals, and soils in the longleaf pine ecosystem. Emphasis on field experience with prescribed burns.

The course will be taught as an intensive 6-day spring break class at the Joseph W. Jones Ecological Center in Newton, GA.

Instructor: Kamal Gandhi

WASR 4700/6700L - Hydrology, Geology, and Soils of Georgia

This field course focuses on the physical environment of Georgia by examining the diverse geology, soils, and surface and subsurface hydrologic processes within the state. We will travel to all of Georgia's physiographic areas, visiting mines, farms, forests, wetlands, rivers, lakes, and estuaries to explore the influence of human activities on the physical environment.

Instructor: Todd Rasmussen

WILD 4280/6280 - Field Study in Natural History

Field studies to explore the ecology and natural history of plant and vertebrate communities in a variety of biomes and ecosystems. Identification and field study skills will be emphasized.

Instructor: Mike Mengak

WILD 4650/6650 - Field and Molecular Techniques in Wildlife Research and Management

Exposes students to a variety of field and molecular techniques used in contemporary wildlife research and management, and provides opportunities for students to apply these techniques in both field and laboratory settings.

This course will be offered during the extended summer session at the Savannah River Ecology Laboratory as an intensive 2-3 week lecture and field lab course.

Instructors: James Beasley and Stacey Lance