"The best courses I've ever taken at Pitt!"
- PLE student evaluation
In 2014, we have an amazing collection of top-quality field courses that are sure to pique your interest. Courses span 3 weeks and they run in sessions from mid-May through early August. Click on the PDF thumbnails below to check out the syllabi for the courses.
Session 1 : 12 May - 30 May 2014
Ecology & Lab
|Dr. Anthony Bledsoe|
Univ. of Pittsburgh
What better way to learn ecology than to be outdoors seeing it for yourself! Lectures and laboratory exercises emphasize environmental factors, populations, communities, ecosystems, and biodiversity. Dr. Bledsoe’s outdoor experiments and field trips are a great way to help understand the lecture material. Pitt students should enroll in both the lecture (BioSc 0370) and the Lab (Biosc 0390).
|Dr. Steve Latta|
To protect and conserve the diversity of plants and animals in nature, we need to understand how to integrate ecology, management, and public policy. Dr. Latta uses activities such as bird banding and trips to Powdermill Nature Reserve to offer hands-on demonstrations of conservation principles.
|Dr. Walter Carson|
Univ. of Pittsburgh
In this course, you’ll study the ecology, management, and conservation of forests. Pack your sleeping bag for an overnight field trip to study a major regional forest type, the beautiful Allegheny National Forest. Lectures, labs, and an independent project will get you on your way to understanding the ecology of PA forests!
Ecology of Fungi
|Dr. Shannon Nix|
Clarion Univ. of PA
This is an exciting new course designed to introduce you to collecting, observing, and identifying mushrooms and other fungi from a variety of habitats. Students will learn the taxonomy and ecology of fungi with a focus on observational and experimental approaches to understanding the fungi of northwest Pennsylvania. You'll have a great time seeing the fungi first hand through a series of day-long and overnight field trips around the region.
Session 2 : 2 June - 20 June 2014
Session 3 : 23 June - 11 July 2014
Session 4 : 14 July - 1 August 2014
Field Techniques in Ecology and Conservation
|Dr. Josiah Townsend|
Indiana Univ. of PA
The course is designed to give practical, hands-on experience in a variety of field techniques used in aquatic and terrestrial ecology and conservation. Topics include orienteering, vegetation sampling, radio telemetry, GIS & GPS, animal population sampling, aquatic insect surveying, and the design of research studies.
|Dr. Morty Ortega|
Univ. of Connecticut
The Pymatuning area is a perfect location to learn the principles of wildlife management including the management of habitats, exotic wildlife, urban wildlife, and nongame species. Dr. Ortega will captivate you with lectures and field trips that illustrate how biologists manage wild populations.
|Undergraduate Research (Biosc 1903)||PLE Faculty|
1 - 6 Credits
|This course entails the execution of independent research, developed and supervised by Pymatuning faculty. Prior consent of faculty advisor is required. The number of credits depends on the design and duration of the project.|