Terrestrial Ecosystem Ecology Lab

Terrestrial Ecosystem Ecology Lab

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Field Trips and Labs (2010)

Fall 2010

Differences among ecosystems (alvars, mature deciduous and coniferous forests, conventional agroecosystem, wetlands, bogs/fens); Research projects based at John Wise's organic farm in Centreville. October 16-17th 2010.

student holding a praying mantis
A 'praying mantis' (Mantis religiosa)? Native to Europe and introduced by gardeners to N. America in late 1800s to control insect outbreaks
group looking at something in the field
An alvar near Kingston - very thin soiled ecosystem on limestone that supports many distinctive and rare plant species
Student holding a ribbon snake
An irishman holding a snake - A big deal, believe me!
Soil coring in the Alvar
Sarah Farrow trying out the soil corer
Plants growing in the forest
Fruiting bodies of a foliose lichen
Students observing the forest
A conifer forest ecosystem near Kingston 
closeup of a plant
Insectivorous pitcher plants in a bog off Opinicon Road, near Queen's University Biological Station
Students gathered for an explanation
My good friend, excellent natural historian, and local biodiversity specialist Dale Kristensen sharing some wisdom
Students gathered to view something
"Look at this!"
Students observing a stick
"Look at that!"
Group observing the forest
The deer exclosure experiment at Pangman tract, near Queen's University Biology Station
Group sitting in a field
Lunchtime in a field
Group listening to Professor Grogan
Water/nutrient/deer exclosure factorial experiment in an old field meadow at Bracken Tract on Queen's University Biology Station property
Students in a field from a distance
Field trip to visit John Wise at WiseAcres Organic Farm in Centreville west of Kingston
Image of wheat with clover
Clover cover crop helps to enhance soil nitrogen because its roots form a symbiosis with soil nitrogen-fixing bacteria
grassy expanse of clover
A clover/grass mix will protect and rejuvenate this field's soil overwinter
field of soya beans
A field of soybean (Glycine max) that is just ready for harvesting
Group standing in the pasture
Crop rotation is critical at John Wise's farm - this fallow (unplanted) field is being rejuvenated for crop planting next year 
Students at working with soil
Sampling John Wise's compost
A couple of students and Professor Grogan taking a break on the grass
A preliminary trial of adding a mustard-based solution to bring up the earthworms for counting
A few students taking a break
"I got one - I got an earthworm at last!"
Professor Grogran talking to group of students
Learning the application of terrestrial ecosystem concepts in the field: "Here's something really interesting!"
Students studying inside
Overnight at the White house in the Queen's University Biology Station
Professor Grogan explaining something to a student
Seeing a soil profile from the upper rich organic layer down through the mineral layers is a wondrous sight!
Students at work in the field
No worms yet... but keep looking.
Students at work in the field
Clover root sampling to determine nodule frequency