uring the animal hehavior section of the course, students designed their own experiments, observing organisms in their natural environment in order to test a hypothesis about their behavior. The focus of the experiments ranged from invertebrates in the Crum Woods to the plethora of birds and squirrels on campus.
I partnered up with my teammate Hoa Pham '10 and tested whether the increased noise from the construction of David Kemp Hall had an effect on the count of bird vocalizations. Though a longer study would allow more confident conclusions, our observations and statistical analysis showed that the construction had no significant effect. Being able to apply the material we learned in lecture and lab to a relevant question on my mind really demonstrated how relevant Bio 002 could be to life.