Transects and Quadrats

Today the Research Methods course headed outdoors to Dunlawton Causeway located in the Halifax River Lagoon to learn about field sampling techniques using transects and quadrats. Their sampling was focused on measuring fiddler crab burrow density and size.

Bethune-Cookman University students counting and measuring fiddler crab burrows

For many of the sophomore students this was their first time in the field and the Halifax. There were mixed reactions to wildlife but they were pushed out of their comfort zone to experience something new and unique.

Undergraduate student, Sena, bravely holding one of the fiddler crabs
Local visitor watching what we were up to. One of our students said this was the closes to a bird she’d ever been!

The data collected today will be used to construct frequency distributions and begin our lessons on statistics, beginning with t-tests. Today’s lesson also helped reinforce experimental design and sampling methods we’ve been studying in the last course module.

Mangrove and mud flats bordering the Halifax River Lagoon

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