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University Courses 2015

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 New Brunswick
Biology 3183/Civil Engineering 6414: River Habitats and Hydraulics

A full credit field course to provide theoretical and practical understanding of the hydrology and ecology of natural, large river ecosystems; interdisciplinary focus of abiotic-biotic interactions via group and individual study; fluvial geomorphology; open-channel hydraulics, environmental perturbations, habitat survey and sampling design, benthic invertebrate identification and ecology; fish identification, habitat requirements and ecology; nutrient/trophic dynamics; impact assessment and river habitat restoration. Emphasis will be on the conservation of river environments as unique, complex ecosystems by using a catchment (landscape) perspective.

Dates: June 11-18, 2015
Instructors: Dr. R.A. Cunjak, Dr. Newbury
Contact: Dr. Michelle Gray
Director of Training and Professional Development, Canadian Rivers Institute
Phone: (506) 453-4770
Email:

m.gray@unb.ca 

SOUTHERN ALBERTA INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY
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 counts 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: Sept. 28- Oct. 2, 2015
Instructors: Colin Pattison, Matthew Paisley
Contact: Colin Pattison or 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 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: Dates: August 19-29, 2015
Instructors: Dr. Stan Boutin
Contact: Dr. Stan Boutin
Department of Biological Sciences
University of Alberta
Edmonton, Alberta. T6G 2E9
Phone: (780) 492-1297
Email: stan.boutin@ualberta.ca

 

UNIVERSITY OF CALGARY
ART 349
Drawing for the Biological Sciences
This course will introduce both basic and more complex principles of drawing using subjects pertaining directly to the interests of biological science students. The primary concern of this course is to familiarize students with drawing from observation, and to explore these foundational skills using a cross-disciplinary approach.
Dates: TBA
Instructors: Marianne Blair
Contact: Marianne Blair
Department of Art
Phone: (403) 220-5251
Email: blair.marianne@gmail.com

 

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 environmental educators. Full participation is expected; course requirements include readings, journal, and reflective paper.
Dates: July 14-19, 2015; July 25-30, 2015
Instructors: Dr. David Lertzman
Contact: Linda Ryan
Business and Environment
Haskayne School of Business
Email: linda.ryan@haskayne.ucalgary.ca
Phone: (403) 220-6117 Fax: (403) 220-8674
Email: lertzman@ucalgary.ca

 

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 Biogeoscience Institute, Barrier Lake Field Station, in the two weeks immediately prior to the commencement of the Fall Term.
Dates: August 15- 29, 2015
Instructors: TBA
Contact: J. Webb
Department of Biological Sciences
Phone: (403) 220-3140
Email: jwebb@ucalgary.ca

 

UNIVERSITY OF CALGARY
ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE 401
Environmental Science Field Course 1
Students are introduced to common field methods used in environmental science. These 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: Aug 31-4, 2014
Instructors: Dr. M. Reid, Department of Biological Sciences
Contact: Dr. M. Reid, Environmental Science Program
Phone: (403) 220-8367
Email: mreid@ucalgary.ca

 

UNIVERSITY OF CALGARY
GEOMATICS ENGINEERING 501
Field Surveys
A ten day camp held prior to the start of 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 17-26, 2014
Instructors: Faculty, staff and graduate students from the Department of Geomatics Engineering
Contact: K. Collins
Geomatics Engineering
Phone: (403) 220-7396 Fax: (403) 284-1980
Email: kcollins@ucalgary.ca

 

UNIVERSITY OF CALGARY
MGST 559.04
Developing Leaders for a Sustainable World:
The Haskayne Undergraduate Wilderness Retreat
This one-week wilderness intensive initiates leadership skills in the context of sustainable development. Leadership qualities are developed through experiential learning drawing from environmental education, cross-cultural teachings, 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 5-10, 2015
Instructors: Dr. David Lertzman
Contact: Linda Ryan
Business and Environment
Haskayne School of Business
Email: linda.ryan@haskayne.ucalgary.ca
Phone: (403) 220-6117
Email: lertzman@ucalgary.ca

 

UNIVERSITY OF CALGARY
NEUROSCIENCE 301
Neuroscience Field Coure
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 Barrier Lake Field Station for a substantial part of the course (May 20-30).
Dates: May 11-30, 2015
Instructors: Willem C. Wildering
Contact: Willem C. Wildering
Department of Biological Sciences
Phone: (403) 220-5283
Email: wilderin@ucalgary.ca

 

UNIVERSITY OF CALGARY
VetMed 580
Wildlife Field Medicine Practice
This rotation will be delivered in the field at a variety of locations, including but not limited to Barrier Lake and RB Miller Field Stations, Canmore and Banff National Park. Students will apply veterinary clinical knowledge and skills in the field to support wildlife research and conservation efforts.  Through clinical field activities, case studies, and group discussions, students will students will learn and apply principles of population health and ecosystem approaches to health to promote wildlife conservation and healthy wildlife populations.  This will include, but not be limited to, principles of wildlife rehabilitation, translocation and captive breeding programs, forensics, important and emerging wildlife diseases and public health issues, challenges at the interface of wildlife and people/domestic animals, wildlife population health and stress, and the Canadian Council of Animal Care guidelines on wildlife welfare. Students will gain knowledge and clinical experience in wildlife capture and chemical and physical restraint, wildlife identification and tracking (including radio-collars and spatial ecology), field surgery, field necropsies and sampling, and other clinical methods used to study free-ranging wildlife. This rotation is limited to 8 final year veterinary students.
Dates: Mid to late October
Instructors: 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 (GEOGRAPHY 827.3)
Kananaskis Short Course on Principles of Hydrology
This course aims to describe and explain the physical principals 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 mass balance equations to calculate hydrological fluxes including runoff and streamflow.
Dates: Jan 10-21, 2015
Instructors: Dr. John Pomeroy
Contact: Professor John Pomeroy
Canada Research Chair in Water Resources and Climate Change Director
Centre for Hydrology
Univeristy of Saskatchewan
Phone: (306) 966-1426
Email: john.pomeroy@usask.ca; erika.klyszejko@ec.gc.ca
Website: http://www.usask.ca/hydrology/CSHS_PoH_ShortCourse_2014.php

UNIVERSITY OF SASKATCHEWAN

GEOGRAPHY 390.3
Field Methods in Physical Geography
This class introduces a variety of field methods that find frequent application in physical geography. Field projects will be undertaken to collect data for analysis, evaluation, and presentation later in the fall term.
Dates: August 30- September 5, 2015
Instructors: TBD
Contact: Department of Geography
University of Saskatchewan
9 Campus Dr.
Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. S7N 5A5
Phone: (306) 966-5654
Email: phyllis.baynes@usask.ca