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Wilfrid Laurier University Faculty of Science
November 27, 2014

Canadian Excellence


Field Ecology 2006

Field Ecology of Southern Ontario


BI391

This course will focus on the abundance and diversity of organisms (plants and invertebrates) in terrestrial habitats characteristic of southern Ontario, and processes acting at the population and community level.

In 2010, BI391 will be held during the first two weeks of August (1 14 Aug), at the Wildlife Research Station in Algonquin Provincial Park. The focus will be on the effects of human disturbance on the terrestrial communities of the park.

Application to the department for permission to register in the course must be completed by late January. Consult the department for extra fees that may be required.


Algonquin Park provides an excellent environment in which to study the long-lasting effects of human disturbance on biological diversity. This course will focus on the abundance and diversity of plants and animals in terrestrial habitats within Algonquin Park. We will compare the effects of disturbance with reference to undisturbed sites. The first week of the course will be devoted to learning to identify organisms, building a toolkit of sampling techniques, and visiting a variety of sites of known age. During the second week you will work with two or three others on a group project of your choosing.

The application procedure for BI391 is the same as for BI390.