Michigan fish communities are facing rapidly changing climates, habitat fragmentation and degradation, and increasing species invasions. In this field course, you will investigate the impacts of these changes.
You will learn fish identification, handling, and sampling, habitat description and water quality assessment. In addition, you will also learn field photography, tissue sampling, specimen preservation, and data management and analysis methods. Your collections will be prepared for accession into the collection at the Museum of Zoology where they will contribute to the long-term record of Michigan biodiversity. The class includes a sampling trip on the Inland Seas research schooner in Lake Michigan and small-group research or science communication projects.
The two-week course will work as an add-on field experience for students that have taken or will take Ecology of Fishes(ENV409/EAS409/EEB487 Winter) or Biology of Fishes (ENV422/EAS422/EEB440 Fall).