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University Courses 2017

The following courses will be offered at the Barrier Lake Station of the Biogeosciences Institute, University of Calgary. The Barrier Lake Station is located in the Front Ranges of the Rocky Mountains, about 80 km west of Calgary.

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UNIVERSITY OF CALGARY 

NEUROSCIENCE 301

Neuroscience Field Course

Introductory ethology and behavioral neuroscience research. Hypothesis generation, experimental design, data collection and analysis, techniques, and experimentation. The course takes place during Spring Session utilizing facilities at the Barrier Lake Field Station. Open only to students in the Neuroscience program, or by consent of the Program Director. Students are in residence at the Field Station for a substantial part of the course (May 17 - 27).

Dates:                May 8-27, 2017

Instructor:         Dr. Willem C. Wildering

Contact:           Dr. Wildering, Department of Biological Sciences

Phone:              (403) 220-5283

Email:                wilderin@ucalgary.ca

 

UNIVERSITY OF CALGARY 

MGST 559

Developing Leaders for a Sustainable World:

Haskayne Undergraduate Wilderness Retreat

This one-week wilderness intensive course initiates skills for responsible leadership in the context of sustainable development. Leadership qualities are developed through experiential learning drawing from environmental education, cross-cultural learning, wilderness therapy with outdoor activities, group dynamics and self-reflection guided by resident Native elders. Guides include experienced outdoor leaders, environmental educators and cross-cultural trainers. Full participation is expected; course requirements include readings, journal, and reflective paper.

Dates:              July 2-7, 2017

Instructor:        Dr. David Lertzman

Contact:         Leslie Holmes (leslie.holmes@haskayne.ucalgary.ca)

                         Haskayne School of Business

Phone:              (403) 220-3998

Email:                 lertzman@ucalgary.ca

 

UNIVERSITY OF CALGARY 

BSEN 749

Rediscovering Leadership:

The Haskayne Wilderness Retreat

This one-week wilderness intensive cultivates core leadership skills for corporate responsibility in the context of sustainable development. Participants are challenged to deepen their reflective capacity and transformational leadership potential through experiential outdoor activities, group dynamics and strategic self-reflection with the support of resident Native elders. Guides include experienced outdoor leaders, cross-cultural trainers and experiential educators. Full participation is expected; course requirements include readings, journal and reflective paper.

Dates:              July 11-16; July 23-28, 2017

Instructor:         Dr. David Lertzman

Contact:           Leslie Holmes (leslie.holmes@haskayne.ucalgary.ca)

                         Haskayne School of Business

Phone:              (403) 220-3998

Email:               lertzman@ucalgary.ca

 

UNIVERSITY OF CALGARY

BIOLOGY 591

Insect Biodiversity

A field course in the natural history and classification of insects, the most diverse taxon among the animals or plants, as they are encountered in their natural habitat. Course material will focus on techniques for collection and identification of major groups of insects and related terrestrial arthropods which will allow us to address a number of areas of insect diversity, including insects of different habitats; behaviour and ecology of local species; use of insects as indicators of environmental change; censusing/monitoring insect populations.

Dates:         TBC in 2018

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UNIVERSITY OF CALGARY

ECOLOGY 413

Field Ecology

An examination of ecological principles and techniques through field exercises including studies of terrestrial and aquatic populations, communities and ecosystems. The course is held at the Barrier Lake Field Station, in the two weeks prior to the commencement of the Fall Term.

Dates:              August 19-September 2, 2016

Instructors:      TBA

Contact:          J. Webb, Department of Biological Sciences

Phone:             (403) 220-3140

Email:             jwebb@ucalgary.ca

 

UNIVERSITY OF ALBERTA

BIOLOGY 432

Field Methods in Ecology

Design, execution, analysis, and presentation of questions in behavioural, population, and community ecology in a field environment. Field exercises, demonstration of techniques, and data collection for independent projects will take place during the two weeks preceding the fall term at a field station off the main campus. Final reports are due in the last week of September. 

Dates:             August 19-29, 2017

Instructor:        Dr. Stan Boutin

Contact:          Dr. Boutin, Department of Biological Sciences

                        Edmonton, Alberta T6G 2E9

Phone:             (780) 492-1297

Email:             stan.boutin@ualberta.ca

 

 

UNIVERSITY OF CALGARY

GEOMATICS ENGINEERING 501

Field Survey

A ten-day camp held prior to the start of the Fall Session lectures. Emphasis is placed on practical and professional experience, and participation in all aspects of field operations. Students will use different instrumentation and methodologies to solve problems that would be encountered in modern survey practice. A series of seminars and case studies on the practice and profession of Land Surveying will follow the field operations.

Dates:             August 21-30, 2017

Instructors:      Faculty, staff, graduate students from Department of Geomatics Engineering

Contact:          K. Collins, Geomatics Engineering

Phone:             (403) 220-7396

Email:             kcollins@ucalgary.ca

 

UNIVERSITY OF CALGARY

ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE 401

Environmental Science Field Course 1

Students are introduced to common field methods used in environmental science. Theses methods include both: 1) specific techniques in ecology, hydrology, chemistry, social science, atmospheric science and field navigation and 2) general principles of sampling, experimental

design, and analysis. The course includes a two-week field school (one week at the Barrier Lake Field Station) immediately prior to the start of the Fall Session. During the Fall Session, students meet for three hours/week to process and discuss field data. This course is only open to students in the Environmental Science Program, or by consent of the Program Director.

Dates:              September 4-8, 2017

Instructor:        Dr. Mary Reid

Contact:          Dr. M. Reid, Environmental Science Program

Phone:             (403) 220-8367

Email:             mreid@calgary.ca

 

SAIT

Environmental Technology Field School

This course provides an introduction to field sampling and analysis methods used in Environmental Technology. Students travel to various sites in Kananaskis where they have the opportunity to apply field methods in collecting and analyzing soil samples and water samples. Students also learn to identify common vegetation and wildlife habitats found in

Kananaskis and to apply this knowledge to vegetation sampling. Students learn to identify common types of scat found in the area and apply this knowledge by collecting scat in the field. Data collected from this field school is used in classroom activities throughout the ensuing fall and winter terms of their program, and include statistical testing and biodiversity investigations.

Dates:             September 25-29, 2016

Instructors:      Colin Pattison, Matthew Paisley

Contact:          Colin Pattison, Matthew Paisley

                        MacPhail School of Energy

                        Environmental Technology Program

Phone:             (403) 210-4065 or (403) 210-5834

Email:              colin.pattison@sait.ca;

                        matthew.paisley@sait.ca

 

UNIVERSITY OF CALGARY

VETMED 580

Wildlife Field Medicine Practice

This rotation will be delivered in the field at a variety of locations, including RB Miller Field Station, Canmore and Banff National Park. Students will apply veterinary clinical knowledge and skills in the field to support wildlife and conservation efforts. Students will learn and apply principles of population heath and ecosystem approaches to health to promote wildlife conservation and healthy wildlife populations. Topics include, principles of wildlife rehabilitation, translocation and captive breeding programs, forensics, important and emerging wildlife and people/domestic animals, wildlife population heath and stress, and the Canadian Council of Animal Care guidelines on wildlife welfare. Students gain knowledge and clinical experience in wildlife capture and chemical and physical restraint, wildlife identification and tracking, field surgery, field necropsies and sampling, and other clinical methods used to study free-ranging wildlife. This rotation is limited to 6 final year veterinary students.

Dates:             Mid October 2017

Instructor:        Shared Instruction

Contact           Dr. Padraig Duignan

Phone:             (403) 210-6218

Email:             ppjduign@ucalgary.ca

 

 

UNIVERSITY OF SASKATCHEWAN

CENTRE FOR HYDROLOGY/CWRA CANADIAN

SOCIETY FOR HYDROLOGICAL SCIENCES

Kananaskis Short Course on Principles of Hydrology

(Geography 827.3)

This course aims to describe and explain the physical principles and processes that govern hydrology (with special reference to Canadian conditions), mass and energy balance calculations and their application in hydrology. The course will focus on the primary

Canadian hydrological processes, assess of the effects of variable boundary conditions on hydrology, and apply coupled energy and mass balance equations to calculate hydrological fluxes including runoff and streamflow. 

Dates:         TBC, 2018

Instructor:        Dr. John Pomeroy

Contact:          Professor John Pomeroy, Canada Research Chair in Water Resources and  Climate Change Director,  Centre for Hydrology, University of Saskatchewan

                        117 Science Place, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. S7N 5C8

Website:          http://www.usask.ca/hydrology/CSHS_PoH_ShortCourse_2017.php

Phone:             (306) 966-1426, (613) 995-9550

Email:             john.pomeroy@usask.ca; jbomhof@lwcb.ca