A unique combination of demanding academic expectations coupled with highly experiential ecosystem investigations creates a powerful & lasting learning experience.
EcoFS COURSES ARE:
- Interdisciplinary: the interconnected nature of ecosystem science organically requires synthesis of a diversity of academic fields such as ecology, biology, geology, climatology & geography.
- Active & Hands-on: the majority of our days’ are spent actively investigating the ecosystem with a variety
of exciting research methods.
- Group Oriented: students scientist learn effectively when collaborating with their peers. Our field groups are small teams of 3-6 students who work together and share their findings.
- Place Based: our classes occur in spectacular environmental setting providing robust opportunities to analyze ecosystem components and immerse oneself in the educational context.
- Career Focused: students will acquire real-world scientific research skills that are applicable to a diversity of career fields.
EcoFS courses have 2 main academic components:
1. The initial half of the course exposes students to a wide variety of research methods and concepts in ecosystem science. Nightly homework facilitates the processing of observations and data collected during the day as well as scientific methodology competence.
2. The second half of EcoFS courses challenges students to create and conduct an ecosystem science research project of their choosing. Students apply scientific methodology to an enjoyable, original & rigorous study. This research project culminates with a presentation at the end of the course and a final research paper due after the course ends.
Please review our full Syllabi for each course at the links at the bottom of this page.