While working with a Co-op employer, students will learn how to find, identify and recognize wild species of plants and fishes (or other groups) in the Greater Toronto Area, their major taxonomic groups contributing to their local diversity, and their basic biology (including conservation status and role in local ecosystems). Students will also learn and apply best-practice quantitative methodologies to assess diversity in the field. Students will then apply this new knowledge by creating a collection, participating in regular species identification and contributing to long-term biodiversity monitoring data sets in local green areas. While in this course, students will complete co-op preparation activities to develop job search documents incorporating this work term experience.
Note: Students are enrolled in this course after enrolment in the Specialist Co-op Program in Conservation and Biodiversity and will receive support and guidance from Co-op coordinators, faculty and peers, to share and reflect upon their work term experience and performance