The UCF Arboretum provides opportunities for student academics, such as courses and research. Students will learn about the environment

 

Education

BSC 4861L Urban Ecological Field Studies

Urban Ecological Field Studies teaches students how to conduct research by designing experiments and providing insight into urban ecosystem questions. Additionally, students will be guided on how to effectively communicate scientific information, and the important role of science in the world. Students will design and implement a research based project, and publicly communicate the results.

Course Objectives:

  • Develop an understanding of urban ecology including ecological sustainability that involves human interactions (people), economic impacts (profit), and ecological health (planet)
  • Explore how urban ecosystems are connected to natural ecosystems
  • Use research methods to answer real-world questions
  • Communicate scientific information through poster and oral presentations
  • Enhance group communication skills, and personally reflect on strengths and areas of improvement

For more information about how to register, please email Jennifer Elliott at Jennifer.Elliott@ucf.edu

 

BSC 3095 Honey Bee Biology and Beekeeping

The biology of honey bees and the craft of apiculture will be examined by exploring the natural history, biogeography and ecology of honeybees. Honey bee anatomy, physiology, colonial social structure, pests/diseases, pollination ecology, management and current topics in beekeeping will be discussed. The lab portion of the class will involve field exercise and hands-on experience in the UCF Apiary.

Course Objectives:

  • Explain the inherent risk and safety requirements of working with live honey bee colonies
  • Explain the similarities and differences between honey bees and other species, including the different types of social behavior among different species
  • Identify the different types of honey bee races, where they come from, and what are their key characteristics
  • Describe the basic biology, anatomy, and physiology of honey bees, including the importance of chemical communication via pheromones in contributing to social cohesion
  • Give a basic overview of the history of beekeeping and development of modern beekeeping practices, including the components that makeup modern hives
  • Apply knowledge of honey bee biology to managing colonies effectively, evaluating of health and strength of colonies, and management techniques to prevent swarming and increase honey production
  • Understand the threats to honey bee health, methods for identifying these threats, and possible action to prevent or treat them
  • Explain how apiculture can be used as a window into broader topics, such as pest transmission, invasive species, ecotoxicology, and agriculture.

For more information about how to register, please email us at: Arboretum@ucf.edu.

 

UCF Biology Summer Field Institute

The Biology Summer Field Institute is a one week program for rising junior and senior high school students interested in seeking further understanding of Central Florida’s diverse ecosystems, from Orlando to the east coast. Students will:

  • participate in hands-on experiences with professional biologists in a fun and educational setting designed to inspire a passion for studying the fields of biology, ecology, and natural resource conservation
  • learn field techniques and experimental approaches used in water quality assessment, vegetation monitoring, forest ecology, and studies of gopher tortoises and marine turtles
  • study one day in the lab learning basic data analysis and the importance of communicating science
  • interact with both UCF and undergraduate interns and graduate students studying marine turtle ecology and conservation
  • take an overnight field trip to learn about nesting marine turtles alongside an experienced marine turtle biologist

For more information please visit: http://siucf.cs.ucf.edu/biology-overview/

 

Research

BOT/ENY/ZOO/BSC 4912 Arboretum Directed Independent Research

Directed independent research projects are traditional, observational or experimental research projects guided by Arboretum staff. Depending on the student’s interests, these projects can focus on botany or plant biology, entomology, zoology, or in general ecology or environmental science.

 

RAMP

The aim of this program is to encourage more students from those populations who are traditionally underrepresented in graduate education to attend graduate school. For more information contact the UCF RAMP department.

 

The UCF Arboretum supports faculty and staff research, as well as activities in our campus natural lands.