Virtual Environmental Field School


The 2021 Environmental Science Field School (ENVS 2523) made a quick switch to a fully virtual field school this year with the help of many amazing instructors. While we hope this will be a one-time event, it did showcase the dedication and ingenuity of both professors and students. The 8-day field course contained modules on coastal Erosion (Spooner), Plant Ecology (Belliveau), Fungi (Walker), Salt Marsh Ecology (Hill), Entomology (Hillier), Plastic Pollution (Mallory), and Sample collection and quality control analysis (O’Driscoll). A combination of hands-on field videos, iNaturaltist collections, and digital imagery exercises were combined with live TEAMs lectures and projects.

day 1 - coastal erosion

Day 1 - Ian Spooner, Nelson O'Driscoll

Day 2 - Fungi with Nelson O'Driscoll, Alison Walker

Day 2 - Fungi

Day 3 - Plant Ecology, Alain Belliveau

Day 3 - Plant ID

Day 3 - Plant ID

Day 4 - Salt Marsh ecology - Hill

Day 4 - Salt Marsh ecology - Hill

Day 5

Day 5 - Nelson O'Driscoll

Day 5 - Salt marsh pollution

Day 6 - Entomology

Day 6 - Kirk Hillier collecting insects

Day 6 - launching iNaturalist

Day 8 - plastic in the environment, Mark Mallory

Day 8 - plastic in the environment, Mark Mallory

Participants in the field school


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