This group investigation course examines applied ecology problems in insect pollinator communities and/or populations of urban forest pests. Pollinator communities may be adversely affected in an urbanizing landscape, while a forest pest may actually benefit in the same landscape. Students investigate the effects of park size, location, surrounding land use, and plant diversity on insect pollinator diversity. Students may also investigate the spatial and temporal dynamics of the fall cankerworm as well as assess the effectiveness of control efforts. Projects have community-based learning and outreach components. Students study insect population and community ecology, learn basic GIS and other digital skills, insect identification, and hone skills in experimental design, data analysis, and science communication.
Successful completion of BIO 112/114, ENV 201, or permission of instructor is required.