Forestry 386 Lab – Aquatic Ecosystems and Fish in Forested Watersheds

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Role: Laboratory Instructor, UBC, Forestry Department
Details: 2 independent lab sections per week ~ 40 students per section, 6 labs total, 1 final lab exam
Dates: Jan – April 2010 and 2011 (I also assisted instructing in 2009)

The forestry 386 lab is a required component of a 3-credit lecture-based course entitled “Aquatic Ecosystems and Fish in Forested Watersheds“. The lab is designed to supplement the course lectures which examine stream, lake and wetland ecosystems, and their connections with riparian systems, land-use practices and forest management. In the first 3 lab sessions, students are introduced to fish taxonomy and learn to identify 14 families of British Colombia freshwater fish. The last 3 labs focus on riparian management, stream assessment and restoration ecology. One field trip is taken to a local fish bearing stream where students participate in stream assessment observations and discussions of stream ecology and restoration.

Teaching responsibilities: As the primary lab instructor, my responsibility was to organize and facilitate each lab session. This involved preparing lecture material, instruction during the lab sessions, creating and facilitating in-class lab activities, coordinating the class field trip, and administering and marking lab/course midterms and finals. I worked to enhance lessons from previous years by introducing more multi-media content, including more opportunities for class participation as well as introducing into each lecture a brief section called “Science in Action” where I would highlight current graduate research projects relevant to the course material. In addition, I have helped to improve the organization of the course by developing structured lesson plans and teaching guide documents for use in future years.

Course Website
My Reflections
Lab Lesson Plans (PDF file)
TA Instructional guide I developed (PDF file)
Student Feedback (PDF file)