Field Methods



Meeting times

This course will meet on select Fridays during the semester. See the course schedule for meeting days and hours.

First meeting is Feb 12, 2010, 8 am to 11:40 am

Lecture & Lab: Stevenson 3059



Dr. Matthew Clark
Assistant Professor
Geography and Global Studies
Office: Stev 3060, or CIGA lab Stev 3032
Office Hours: MW 2:00-3:00 pm or by appointment
Phone: 707-664-2558

Course Overview:

This course provides hands-on experience with field sampling techniques commonly used in biophysical data collection and spatial inquiry. Course topics include sample design, field measurements, statistical data analysis, report writing and the use of field equipment. Data collected from vegetation sampling, soil descriptions, microclimate measurements, and geomorphologic observations will be used to interpret the natural and anthropogenic landscape. Throughout the course, students will work with Global Positioning System (GPS) receivers to accurately locate their field samples on the Earth, allowing for subsequent visualization or spatial analysis with tools, such as Geographic Information Systems.


Required: Geog 205, with no exception but can be taken concurrently.

This page was last modified on Feb 3, 2010 by Matthew Clark.