Environment Physiology and Aquatic Ecosystem Lab

Yuxiang Wang's

Environment Physiology & Aquatic Ecosystem Lab

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BIOL 307/317: Assessment of biodiversity on aquatic ecosystems in Canada and China
2017 Canada Part 

July 23rd –  August 6th 2017 inclusive (14 days, 3 Credit)  
Application Deadline: Apr.14th 2017

Course description 

This is one of two sister courses that provide Canadian and Chinese students with first-hand experience using tools of environmental and biodiversity assessment. This year the 2-week field course takes place exclusively at Queen's University Biological Station (QUBS). Students will learn methods for surveying biodiversity, classifying wetlands, and quantifying variation in habitat structure, hydrology and water chemistry. It includes local diversity of fish, amphibians, reptiles, birds and plants. Students will develop hypotheses about the patterns of diversity and ecosystem variation that they observe and then conduct independent research to address these.


Queen’s University Biological Station (QUBS) and environs. Proposed field sites including St. Lawrence River, Great Lakes and other locales in southern Ontario

Estimated Cost


($350 deposit to home university at the time of application) including fees, 14 nights’ accommodation and board at QUBS.


Completion of 2nd year biology or environmental program or permission of the instructors.


12-14 students from OUPFB 
12-16 students from 5 partner Chinese universities (Tongji University, Fudan University, Southwest University, Beijing Normal University, Zhejiang University).


Course participation  (20%), Field Journal & Blog (20%), Seminars (20%), Final report  (40%)


Prof. Yuxiang Wang (Biology, Queen’s)   613-533-6134 yuxiang.wang@queensu.ca

Prof. Steve Lougheed (Biology, Queen’s) 613-533-6128 lough@queensu.ca


Internal Scholarship for this course NOT available yet.