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Intro Biology Lab - BIOLOGY 173 ARC

2 credits for BIOLOGY 173; 1 credit independent study for BIOLOGY 121

Dates: May 20-June 17, 2019

Location: U-M Biological Station

Instructor: Cindee Giffen

To ENROLL: Visit the Authentic Research Connections website for an application (available Feb. 8, 2019). To help with your Winter schedule planning, you may e-mail Lisa Bradshaw, ARC program officer, to be placed on a "pre-selected list" for this class.


Tuition and Fees*

  Michigan Resident Non-Resident
Tuition (3 cr.)

$2,001 (L)

$2,247 (U)

$6,456 (L)

$6,906 (U)

Registration Fee $82.10 $82.10
Room and Board $952 $952

*Posted tuition rates are for 3 credits and are based on U-M Registrar's listing for LSA students. You are should confirm your tuition rate with the official schedule at the Office of the Registrar.

Course Description

Research has shown that most forests are carbon “sinks.” They take carbon from the atmosphere, and store it in the soil. It is unclear how forests’ ability to store carbon is affected as their trees age, succumb to disease or experience natural disasters. You will explore answers in this Authentic Research Connection (ARC) section of Biology 173: Environmental Biology of Forest Ecosystems.

You will learn biological laboratory skills and conduct your own research project in the UMBS study forests. Your work will be informed by and contribute to ongoing research at the FASET (Forest Accellerated Succession ExperimenT) site and the newly-funded FORTE (FOrest Resilience Threshold Experiment) site. The research team behind FASET and FORTE, will work closely with the class. 

Because this is a field class, you will meet morning and afternoon, 5-6 days per week as scheduled by the instructor.

You will live at the Biological Station for the duration of the course; your room and board is covered by UMBS Transforming Learning scholarships.

One of your first labs will involve estimating the biomass of a tree using its Diameter at Breast Height (DBH) measurement.