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2013 Canada-China Field Course
(Aug 8th - 23th, 2013 @ Canada)


This was the 8th version of the Canada-China exchange field course, this year in Canada at the Queen’s University Biological Station (QUBS).  The course ran from the 8th of August to the 23rd of August, a beautiful time to be in Canada. This year was one of our most diverse in terms of origins of university students (12 Canadian students from 9 Ontario universities, and 21 Chinese students from 4 universities), and also among our most balanced with respect to numbers of Canadian versus Chinese students. This year was particularly challenging for our Chinese students, as to reduce costs, we routed them from Shanghai through Hong Kong, Vancouver to Toronto (over 40 hours in transit) – they were very tired indeed by the time we had picked them up from the Toronto airport but we allotted 3 days’ respite travelling to Niagara Falls and Toronto. As we have done in previous incarnations of the course, we dedicated the first week to intensive field exercises, learning about the diversity of various aquatic organisms (e.g. fish, plants, amphibians, invertebrates), exploring issues of human impacts on aquatic environments in both China and Canada through lectures and student seminars, and listening to various guest speakers.

Highlights of the second week included: 1) a visit to the Canadian Museum of Nature where we learned about the importance of museums in research and outreach, 2) a trip to a state-of-the-art sewage treatment plant in Kingston, 3) a visit to the main Queen’s campus, and a visit from Dr. James Lee (Associate VP International), Barbara Yates and Jenny Corlett of the Internal Office.

The students undertook intensive group research projects focused on wetland assessment on the QUBS landholdings. What particularly stood out this year was the incredible chemistry between Chinese and Canadian students – an exchange in the truest sense of the word.


  • Flash light QUBS

    Flash Light QUBS

  • Some dude :p

  • Garter snake


2013年是中加野外课程开设的第八年,今年的课程于8月8号至23号在加拿大女王大学生物站(QUBS)进行,正是加拿大一年好时光。今年也是课程开展以来我们学生多样性最高的一年,包括来自9所安大略地区大学的12名加拿大学生和4所中国高校的21名中国学生,这也是来自两国学生比例最为均衡的一次。这一年的行程尤其对中国学生是一个挑战,为了节省费用,他们经由上海-香港-温哥华-多伦多转机抵达,共耗时超过40个小时。为了缓解长时间旅行带来的疲倦,我们先带他们在多伦多和尼亚加拉大瀑布进行了3天的旅游。参照以往的安排,在课程的第一周,学生们参与繁重而充实的野外实习,了解了水生生物(水生植物,无脊椎动物,鱼类和两栖类等)的生物多样性,并通过组会和讲座的形式深入探讨了人类活动对中国和加拿大水生环境的影响。

本次课程的亮点包括:1)参观了加拿大自然博物馆,了解了博物馆在科研以及科普活动中的重要作用;2)参观了金士顿当地的一处污水处理厂;3)参观了女王大学本部,同时接待了女王大学国际部James Lee博士(国际部副主席), Barbara Yates 和 Jenny Corlett的回访。

今年,学生们在QUBS进行了深入的分组野外实习,两国学生之间的化学反应尤为紧密。


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