Track: Organized Oral Session
Field work, historically conceptualized in and for remote and pristine natural environments, is most often taught in contextually-similar spaces. However, in response to covid-19 and shifts to non-traditional ecological studies, this OOS asks for a re-imagination of the contexts and platforms of both the field and field work. Talks will focus on how the space in which field work takes place can be redefined, how these approaches might serve to encourage participation by diverse groups of students and how such changes might fit into the Four Dimensional Ecology Education (4DEE) framework. Discussion will consider: 1) how to make one's home and local environment into the field, 2) how redefining the field increases student access to address economic, physical and social barriers, 3) how to include the human community as part of the field to address issues of environmental justice, 4) how sense of place links with the field, and 5) what it means to make the field virtual. In reimagining and implementing new concepts and approaches to teaching field studies, it's critical to ensure how to connect and integrate across dimensions, a key feature of the 4DEE framework. This OOS will illustrate how to integrate field work with various components of the human-environment dimension by considering how to connect field work with issues of ethics, justice and sustainability and how to use the field experience to examine human impacts on the environment. Speakers will present examples from a range of institutional contexts including virtual teaching modules, ecology courses, REU sites, and citizen-science in research projects.
Presenting Author: Zakiya Leggett – North Carolina State University
Presenting Author: Amy Kamarainen – Salmon Coast Field Station
Presenting Author: Gretchen LeBuhn – Biology, San Francisco State University
Presenting Author: George Middendorf – Biology, Howard University
Presenting Author: Diana Dalbotten – St. Anthony Falls Laboratory, University of Minnesota
Presenting Author: Alan Berkowitz – Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies