Field Report Criteria

    1. Your name. (Partnersí names, if applicable.)

2. Site name and location (directions).

3. Date and time of field work.

4. Tides (if applicable).

5. Temperature: air, wet sand or sediment, and water.

6. Weather (what was it like-cloudy? sunny? progressively warmer/colder?)

7. Salinity/DO

8. Field Equipment list

9. Data from all research projects-whether or not your group collected that data.
Present transect data, if applicable, first. It will help explain much of the other data
collected. Data is easier to decipher if it is presented in charts or graphs as well as
word descriptions.

10. Describe, with regard for steps and details, your procedure for the data you collected.

11. OBSERVATIONS: This is the toughest part to nail down. Keep your senses alert
at all times. Feel free to record what you register w your senses on the spot. Jot notes;
expand later. Your observations not only chronicle the trip, they also help to explain data.

12. INTERPRETATION: Hope you recorded observations. Use your observations and what
have learned in class to evaluate the ecosystem in which you collected data. What are the
relationships between/among organisms and their environment? What trend for the sustainability
or lack thereof, could be determined?

13. Assessment: What could have been improved; what needs to be accomplished next time.
What worked? What didnít? Suggestions? Suggestions for other studies based on your

14. Now this is the wicked part. If you worked on more than one site, as in overnight trips, or
with more than one procedure, as in Chesapeake Bay trip, each site/procedure is worked up
like all the steps above. You may get by with one field equipment list, if it is all inclusive.

No need to be redundant. These are technical reports-no points are awarded for length, only
for completeness of each section.

15. For your writing pleasure: the above are critical elements; they must be included. The good
part is you are not working as an ecologist; you may write in any style you enjoy, although the
elements should appear in order. You may illustrate these reports in any way you would like; the
pictures, especially maps, may save on words.  They should be referred to in your text.

16. To increase my pleasure (and it is fun to read these), submit your typed report via email. 

    You should print a hard copy for your field notebook.  You will be referring to these numbers throughout the year.    


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