The Urban Ecology Field Lab is an 8-week interdisciplinary course that will train students in social and ecological theory and methods that will prepare them to conduct urban ecology research, which they will apply in a practicum project in partnership with a local community-based organization and a land management/public policy agency here in Chicago. This is the fourth year of the program and it’s been a fantastic experience to be a part of. The program is run by scientists and staff at the Field Museum of Natural History.
The program runs from June 10 – August 2. The first five weeks involve methods training, field trips, and overnight immersive experiences. The final three weeks require data collection and analysis, culminating in a presentation of actionable results to local stakeholders doing conservation and social engagement work in the community. While this is a research training program, they are also aiming to generate longitudinal data that will help make an impact in regional conservation practices.
- 2 overnight immersive experiences
- Weekly field trips
- Equipment for methods training
- Lunch once a week
- Coffee and tea once a week
- Does not cover lodging or food.
Applications can be found on the course website here! The application deadline is April 30th.