Engaging With Ecology by Laurel Yarborough
Ecology of Environmental Problems is an elective Biology course taught by Dr. Bill Odom. This class observes and discusses the ecological interactions between organisms and their environments with an emphasis on environmental problems. In Thursday's Ecology Lab, students walked across campus to observe and identify the characteristics of trees. Students were given a scientific description of a specific tree, and were asked to identify which tree it was. Students were also asked to estimate the height of their tree. To do this, students had to find a conversion between their own steps and meters. Students then used the idea of similar triangles to estimate the height of trees. Along with estimating tree heights, they estimated distances and volumes.