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Idaho State Field Course (May16-28, 2016): Field Methods for Environmental Sciences


08 Apr 2016
News Source: Idaho State University

Applications are now being accepted for Idaho State University's 2016 course on Field Methods in Environmental Sciences.
Application deadline is April 15, 2016.

We target students interested in Critical Zone processes, specifically those doing fieldwork requiring familiarity with hydrology, data loggers, sample collection and analysis.  Essentially a boot camp for environmental field scientists.

Course Characteristics:

  •     3 credit course for upper division undergrads and graduate students
  •     May 16 - 28, 2016
  •     Fieldwork in Gibson Jack Creek, located in Pocatello, Idaho
  •     Images from last year.
  •     Course is co-taught by ISU faculty:
    • Dr. Ben Crosby (geomorphology)
    • Dr. Sarah Godsey (hydrology)
    • Dr. Kitty Lohse (soils)
    • Dr. Keith Reinhardt (plant physiological ecology).
  • We focus on the tools necessary to do watershed-scale budgets for water and carbon, including:
    • a diverse array of sampling/measurement methodologies for water, gasses and soils
    • data logger/sensor programming for deployment in aquatic, terrestrial and meteorological settings

This is our second year offering the course and have made many improvements and dropped the price!  Long days in the field will be complemented with classroom, lab and computer time.  Students will prepare two reports and present their results.  The course will enable students to do baseline monitoring and assessments as a either a research assistant, environmental consultant or employee within a state or federal agency.

Some need-based funding is available.  Contact us directly with a description of your circumstances and we will alert students of award decisions in mid-April.

For more information and online application materials visit

Questions can be directed to

We are limited to 25 students so please submit materials ASAP.  Application deadline is April 15, 2016.

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