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Field Experiences in Ethnobotany and Ecology

This course is offered during the month of January during the Intersession period.

Syllabus 2014


Course Description

Unique field course where students gain practical training and experience using ecological and ethnographic field methods. Exploration of environmental impact issues is also part of the course. A research or service learning project is required. Additional travel fees may apply. Prerequisite: permission of instructor.

You must complete BIOL 149, and BIOL 150 or 161, and at least one of the following BIOL 305 or 314.


Course Objectives:

  • Communication:
    • Writing Intensive: you will have several tasks and assignments that are focused on writing and resulting in writing 5 pages or 2,000 words of text per day.
    • Reading Intensive: you will be required to read at least 400 pages of text per day. There will be required textbook reading and several online reading assignments. Evaluation of reading will occur through online reading quizzes and lecture exams.
  • Discipline Specific Standards:
  • Biology Standards:
    • “Ability to tap into the interdisciplinary nature of science: Biology is an interdisciplinary science.
    • Ability to understand the relationship between science and society: Biology is conducted in a societal context” (Brewer et al 2011).
  • Ethnobiology Standards:
  • “Connections: all living things are connected, both to each other and their environments
  • Connections: all living things are connected, both to each other and their environments”,
  • Awareness for different worldviews
  • Change: in cultures, human interactions, and the environment” (McClatchey et al. 2013). 

Learning Objectives, Tasks, & Assessments:


Learning Objective



LO 1: inventory of a species used in Cherokee basketry including nomenclature (Latin, Cherokee, & English), morphology, and ecological characteristics (analysis)  and construction of a written species description online including correct terminology and references (synthesis)

Task 1: Written wiki species descriptions.

Assessment 1: Rubric for written species descriptions.

LO 2: compare historic and modern materials & methods for construction and dying of baskets  diagram trends and causes (evaluation, analysis)

Task 2: Introduction in Scientific Poster, Creation of Hypotheses

Assessment 2: Rubric for poster presentation evaluation: Society for Economic Botany Morton Award 

LO 3: evaluate the current sustainability of the resource based on supply, demand, & threats. Estimate and predict changes in supply for the sustainability of the resources (evaluation)

Task 3: Completing in the matrix sheet, Materials/Methods/Results/Conclusions in poster 

Assessment 3: Rubric for poster presentation evaluation: Society for Economic Botany Morton Award