Multidisciplinary ecology – teaching using GIS. William J. Cromartie NAMS Richard Stockton College PO Box 195 POMONA NJ 08240 Email [email protected] ABSTRACT.
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Labs progress through the core sequence from analyzing simple data (Geography) to designing parts of continuing studies (Ecology) to individual student projects (Issues). Students see the same types of spatial data at each level.
Link to GIS website:
These data, along with county and state-level data are
accessible in the GIS
laboratory in ArcView
Not shown are soil moisture and soil temperature sensors placed with litter bags at two sites for each station
Measuring, monitoring and analyzing weather, soils, floral and hydrologic parameters.
1) field techniques
2) map & atlas analysis techniques
3) remote sensing - GPS (Global Positioning Systems) and monitoring stations
4) computer analysis - Spreadsheets and GIS (Geographic Information Systems).
List of Laboratory Exercises
Environmental Field Work I
Spread Sheet Analysis
Introduction to Topographic Maps
Map Data Acquisition
Global Positioning Systems (GPS)
Aeration Zone Hydrology
Environmental Field Work II
Water Budget Calculation
Demography of shrub stems in disturbed and undisturbed sites: control-burned vs. unburned plots.
Phenology of Pine Barrens shrubs in relation to weather and habitat
Aquatic organisms, especially plankton, in Lake Fred
Litter decomposition and fauna in upland and lowland sites
Spatial pattern of trees
Ages of trees in pine forest
Populations of Quercus in upland sites
Aquatic macroinvertebrates in streams
Bird (or squirrel) utilization of upland and lowland habitats
Photosynthesis in shrubsTopics for Ecology Lab ProjectsDetailed information at: http://www.stockton.edu/~cromartw/ecologylab/labproj.html
Blueberry buds in this zone averaged 2mm longer than the buds in the other sites.
Live White Oak:
Dead White Oak: