Researchers use the power of observation to generate questions that have led to some of the most fascinating discoveries in nature. In this seminar, we will explore the process of scientific inquiry by investigating the many ways in which field biologists make observations and study organisms both in their natural environment and in the lab. Each week, we will discuss a variety of methodologies and technologies that researchers use to design thoughtful experiments and gather data. Through hands-on learning experiences in the lab and field, we will use our creativity and problem-solving skills to collect and interpret behavioral, morphological, physiological, and sensory data in living and non-living organisms. We will use the techniques and skills learned in the beginning of the semester to generate our own questions and carry out our own experiments. This independent research project will culminate in the form of an oral presentation and formal paper. Please note that this seminar includes coordinated trips during class time to local sites in the Princeton area.
Instructor: Craig Marshall