Class: IDS-H. Audubon Instructors: Professor Lemeh and Dr. Moore
Blog Entry #4
Word Count: 376 Pod or Vod-cast: No
Reading assignment: Yes – Chpts. 4&5
Chapter 4 – Roger Kitching writes about collecting and the mentors that made the collection and identification possible. I have always been an avid shell collector but before taking this course I had no intention of learning the names and histories behind the shells I hoard. I took Conservation Biology with Dr. Moore my first semester of the honors college and one day in class he showed us the collection of confiscated species and he knew every specimen, and there were many. It further impressed me that Dr. Moore and even some of my classmates can walk past a tree or come across a shell and spout off the name of the specimen and a little knowledge about them. This has inspired me to learn about all of the shells in my huge collection at home. Kitching also elaborates about his “3 later documenting process” which includes his field notebooks, journals that mirror the notebooks and finally publication of the journals and notebooks. Kitching’s journals are extremely narrative and explain his day to day happenings. Such detail helps him be able to do further research on the subjects he is studying.
Chapter 5 – Anna Berhrensmeyer writes about the here and now note taking in an internet overloaded world. She says that it is easy to let Google earth and GPS systems do all the dirty work for you but it cannot beat the nitty gritty note taking and observing that is done in the field. The web is not harmful if used correctly because she often integrates data sheets and photographs into her field notes. She has five basic rules of advice for writing field notes from her experience as follows: record your notes so that someone in 50 years can learn from them, pack a camera, use a consistent format for your journals, don’t lose the notebooks, and use sketches and diagrams in your journals. Professor Lemeh has reminded us to draw little maps in our journals directing us to where we found our specimens and Dr. Moore has made maps in his field notebooks that can still be used today. A classmate has also recommended to us that we use GPS coordinates which are easily accessible on our smartphones when finding specimens that I have taken up using.