FISH 491 Aquatic Ecological Research in Alaska

FISH 491
Aquatic Ecological Research in Alaska

Summer 2012

Mid-July—End of August

Are you an undergrad student who wants to participate in a 6-week research opportunity in Alaska this summer? Would you rather take some of your coursework when it is integrated with research and practical experience in the field? Do you want to get graduation requirements waived for going? You can also begin work on your capstone project! If this sounds good, please read the following information and, if you like, check out a slideshow on previous years’ courses:

Information Meeting

Tuesday, January 24th, 4:15-5:15, FSH 203

You are strongly encouraged to attend the meeting and fill out your application after the meeting. If you cannot attend the meeting, you should print an application available via the link below (pdf file):

Alaska Summer Application

Link to List of Past Student Projects

APPLICATIONS ARE DUE: February 3rd, 5pm

in Morgan Bond’s mailbox (FSH 115) or via campus mail, Box 355020

Background: The University of Washington and the School of Aquatic & Fishery Sciences (SAFS), in particular, are interested in closely connecting undergraduate teaching and research. As one step towards this goal, the school offers a course in aquatic ecology, started in summer 1999, at the Fisheries Research Institute’s field stations in Bristol Bay, Alaska.

Goals: The goals of the course are to provide a small number of students with direct, hands-on training in the theories and techniques of research in aquatic ecology. We will make use of the well-equipped field camps and diverse aquatic environments to give students formal course material (i.e., lectures and instruction manuals) and practical experience in the planning, design, and completion of research projects.

Course Structure: All students will enroll in Fish 491 for 12 credits (graded) in summer quarter and will jointly participate in field and laboratory research at lakes Aleknagik and Iliamna. The course will run for 6 weeks, from mid-July to the end of August. During that time they will receive instruction in limnology, juvenile fish ecology, spawning behavior and life history of adult salmon, population dynamics and fishery management. Students will have access to the long-term data sets collected at the camps, and will write papers on limnology, fish behavior and population dynamics. In addition, students will enroll for 3 credits of independent study in fall quarter (numerically graded), to complete projects initiated during the summer. SAFS undergraduates may elect to add a capstone project on top of the course project—these student should speak with Tom Quinn.

Instructors: The primary instructor will be Dr. Thomas Quinn (SAFS) and the co-instructors will be Dr. Daniel Schindler (SAFS) and Dr. Ray Hilborn (SAFS). There will also be a teaching assistant to help students with the fieldwork and their independent projects.

Logistics: Students will leave Seattle and fly to Aleknagik in mid -July and will return from Iliamna at the end of August. During the time of the program, all transportation and food will be provided (students will participate in preparation) and students will live in cabins at the research sites. There may also be opportunities for employment with the Fisheries Research Institute’s Alaska Salmon Program before or after the course. Students will be responsible for tuition costs. There will be a $300 course fee to help cover transportation costs.

Aquatic & Fishery Sciences students will receive priority, but other undergraduate students will be considered as space allows. We will try to have decisions made by as early as possible in case students are wanting to waive FISH 312 by taking this course. If students have not heard by their registration day, they should register assuming they have not been chosen for the course.