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Ecology Course

Come study Ecology (EEB 3407/5407) at the University of Minnesota's Cedar Creek Ecosystem Science Reserve, located only 35 miles north of the Twin Cities.

Cedar Creek is one of the most famous and influential ecological research sites worldwide. It contains an exceptional diversity of plants and animals, partly because Minnesota is at the meeting point of three of the largest biomes in North America: the northern boreal forest, the eastern deciduous forest, and the Great Plains grasslands and savannas. Here you will visit current experiments, including studies that test how biodiversity loss affects ecosystems and whether climate change will speed up or slow down, work with data from ongoing studies, and collaborate with other students to develop your own field ecology group project.

We are fortunate to be able to offer some in-person outdoor interactions among students and instructors, following all health and safety guidelines. Most labs will be in-person outdoors, weather permitting. Some computer-based labs can be completed remotely and all lectures will be recorded and asynchronous. Students will also be able to connect in-person outdoors with the lecture instructor during office hours, and can also schedule remote meetings at other times.

Course Dates: May 17 – June 4, 2021

Labs: Daily (Monday through Friday) from 8:00 am to 11:00 am, most labs will be in-person outdoors

Lectures: Asynchronous recorded online lectures

Office Hours: Daily (Monday through Friday) from 11:00 am to 12:00 pm, in-person outdoors, or by appointment

Course Location: Cedar Creek Ecosystem Science Reserve, 2660 Fawn Lake Drive NE, East Bethel, MN 55005 (35 miles North of Twin Cities)

Credits: 3

Lecture Instructor: Dr. Forest Isbell (isbell@umn.edu, 612-301-2601)


Cedar Creek course credits are transferable to most colleges and universities. We welcome students from around the United States and the world, in accordance with any travel restrictions. Instruction is in English. International students will need to work with the International Student and Scholar Services office to identify and obtain the appropriate visa.

Students can commute to Cedar Creek each day or live on site in shared housing (cost is $8 per day). Lodging space is limited, however. Please direct requests for lodging to Megan Lauzon (lauzo006@umn.edu). In past years, most students have commuted and shared rides. To help facilitate this, the instructor will contact all registered students prior to the start of the course.

Undergraduate students should register for EEB 3407. Graduate students should register for EEB 5407.

If you are a current University of Minnesota student, you may register online for Summer 2021 courses beginning February 25 in accordance with the registration schedule.

If you are not a current UMN student, then please follow the instructions for non-degree students on the One Stop website to register beginning March 4 and send a copy of your transcript (unofficial is acceptable) to the course instructor, Dr. Forest Isbell (isbell@umn.edu).