Week 10 (Mar 19 & 21)

Homework assigned Mar 21: Read Chapter 12 of Schimel (2012) and complete the worksheet (to be available on March 21). Bring in one hard copy to class on Tuesday, March 26.

Homework assigned Mar 19 (Optional) You can do a new Excel assignment to improve your grade from the first Excel Assignment and improve your skills. We have emailed your graded assignment. Note: (1) If you handed in the original assignment late, but within 24 hrs, you can improve your score but at 75% of your revised grade; (2) If you handed in your assignment late after 24 hrs (and received a 0 for the assignment), you can receive 50% of your revised grade; (3) If you did not hand in your assignment, you cannot get any credit for the assignment. Email the revised Excel and Word files to your instructor before 5:00 pm on Thursday, March 21

Homework assigned Mar 19: Follow the instructions to set up a Word document formatted for your research manuscript (graded), which include revising your Introduction and embedding the revision in the “manuscript” document among other things. Please read the instructions carefully. Email the manuscript to your instructor before class starts on Tuesday, March 26. Name your file “MS_WFB117_Lastname_mmddyyyy.docx”.

File for Word in-class demonstration and practice on Tuesday, March 19.


Week 8 (Mar 7)

Here is the data set for class work on March 7.


Week 7 (Feb 26 & 28)

Homework assigned Feb 28: Use Excel to QA/QC, manipulate and transform data per assignment. Email Excel file and Word file to your instructor and Dr. Doubek (Jonathan.Doubek@uvm.edu) before 6:00 pm on Tuesday, March 5. Name your files according to instructions in the assignment. (graded)

Homework assigned Feb 26: Read Chapters 5 and 6 of Schimel (2012) and complete the worksheet. Email the Word file to your instructor before class on Thursday, March 7. Ensure proper filename format is used.

Homework assigned Feb 26: Revise your Introduction based on the in-class peer review using the provided template and worksheet. Email the single Word file to your instructor that contains the following: (1) your reflection on the peer review, (2) your responses to the worksheet (applied to your first draft of the Introduction), and (3) your revised Introduction (including correctly-formatted in-text citations and formats). The Word file is due by 6:00 pm on Friday, March 8. Ensure proper filename format is used.


Week 6 (Feb 19 & 21)

PPT slides on drafting Introductions

Homework assigned Feb 21: Read Chapters 13 (“Flow”) and 14 (“Energizing Writing”) in Schimel (2012), and apply the concepts and tools as you draft your Introduction

Homework assigned Feb 21: Draft your Introduction. Bring a single hard copy to class on Tuesday, Feb 26


Week 5 (Feb 12 & 14)

See Homework assigned on Feb 7 and due Feb 14 (eight annotated references and the populated data template)

Homework assigned Feb 12: Read Chapter 2 (“Science as Storytelling”) of Schimel (2012). Quiz in class on Thursday, Feb 14

Homework assigned Feb 14: Read Chapter 3 (“Making a Story Sticky”) of Schimel (2012) and write a haiku for any three factors of SUCCES. Bring one hard copy to class on Tuesday, Feb 19 (note syllabus states to email Word file, but please bring hard copy to class instead).

Homework assigned Feb 14: Read Armengol et al. (2012) and be prepared to discuss on Tuesday, Feb 19. No worksheet is required.


Week 4 (Feb 5 & 7)

PPT slides for searching and citing the literature, file naming

More details on formatting of citations and references

Homework assigned Feb 5: Each student find five (5) references on their research topic (separate from what the groups found and presented today) from peer-reviewed journals. At least two (2) of the five (5) references should have useful data. Format the references for the journal Global Change Biology as follows:

Abbot, M. R., Denman, K. L., Powell, T. M., Richerson, P. J., Richards, R. C., & Goldman, C. R. (1984). Mixing and the dynamics of the deep chlorophyll maximum in Lake Tahoe. Limnology and Oceanography, 29, 862-878.

After each reference, state the source of the reference and why you selected the reference. Bring two hard copies to class on Thursday, Feb 7

Homework assigned Feb 7: Revise the formatting of the five (5) references. Bring in one hard copy to class on Tuesday, Feb 12 (This will be graded)

Homework assigned Feb 7: Revise your research question, hypothesis, and objectives to reflect the research theme on day versus night zooplankton estimates. Bring one hard copy to class on Tuesday, Feb 12

Homework assigned Feb 7: Read Lönnstedt and Eklöv (2016), complete the worksheet and bring two hard copies to class on Tuesday, Feb 12. Please bring copy of Lönnstedt and Eklöv (2016) to class for reference during discussion.

Homework assigned Feb 7: Find eight new papers relevant to research topic from peer-reviewed journals (four must be pre-1990). Ensure that at least two of the papers have data relevant to your research project. Format the references according to the journal Limnology and Oceanography as follows:

Searle, C. L., J. R. Mendelson, L. E. Green, and M. A. Duffy. 2013. Daphnia predation on the amphibian chytrid fungus and its impacts on disease risk in tadpoles. Ecol. Evol. 3: 4129–4138.

Include a maximum two sentence annotation for each reference (an annotation states why this paper is important and relevant for your research topic). Do NOT include the source of your references. Email your instructor your Word file of the references and annotation before class on Thursday, Feb 14. Ensure proper filename format is used. (This will be graded)

Homework assigned Feb 7: Populate your data template with data from the relevant references. Email your updated data template with correct file name format to instructor before the start of class on Thursday, Feb 14


Week 3 (Jan 29 & 31)

Data template and data vocabulary for research project

Slides on zooplankton ecology and migration

Homework assigned Jan 29: Read Chapter 7 (“The Challenge”) in Schimel (2012) and Armenio et al. (2017), and complete the worksheet. Bring two hard copies of worksheet to class on Thursday, Jan 31. Be prepared to discuss Armenio et al. (2017) in class on Thursday, Jan 31.

Homework assigned Jan 31: Develop and write a research question, an associated hypothesis, and objectives for your proposed study. Use the provided worksheet and bring two hard copies to class on Tuesday, Feb 5.

Homework assigned Jan 31: Three groups (assigned in class) each find five (5) references from peer-reviewed journals relevant to your research project. Two of the references (for each group) should contain relevant data. Each group bring a single hard copy of the references and their sources (i.e., where or the means by which each reference was found) to class on Tuesday, Feb 5, and be prepared to discuss why you selected each paper. Make sure to put names of all group members on hard copy.


Week 2 (Jan 22 & 24)

Slides from Week 2 on reading scientific papers

Homework assigned Jan 22: See assignments from Jan 17 that are due in class on Thursday, Jan 24

Homework assigned Jan 24: Writing for science is about conveying information with as little confusion as possible to the reader. The writer’s job is to make the reader’s job as easy as possible. Edit the provided “fuzzy” sentences to convey the information in a clear, concise, and direct manner. Bring two hard copies to class on Tuesday, Jan 29.

Homework assigned Jan 24: Read Zaret and Suffern (1976) and write a summary of the paper in 300 or fewer words. Fill in the worksheet to assist and guide you. Bring two hard copies of summary and one copy of your completed worksheet to class on Tuesday, Jan 29. Worksheet can be handwritten and in note form.



Week 1 (Jan 15 & 17)

Slides from Week 1 on professionalism and jobs

Syllabus (click to download)

Homework assigned Jan 15: Find a job related to your major/career for which you will or could apply. Bring a single 2-page maximum hard copy to class on Thursday, Jan 17. The document should contain the following information: Position Title; Employer; Application due date; Position Description; Source (where you found the job advertised).

Homework assigned Jan 17: Write a cover letter and a 1-page resume for your job. Bring two hard copies of your resume and two hard copies of your cover letter to class on Tuesday, Jan 22.

Homework assigned Jan 17: Read Chapter 1 (“Writing in Science”) in Schimel (2012).

Homework assigned Jan 17: Read Dawidowicz et al. (1990) and answer the provided questions. Bring two hard copies to class and be prepared to discuss the paper on Thursday, Jan 24.