READINGS FOR FORESTS CLASS, Fall 2019


I. FOR FIRST WEEK OF CLASS, DISCUSSION, Thursday, 12 Sept.

READ and prepare to discuss:
A) This online newsletter article about the ecology of Lyme disease in the northeastern US.  Don't hesitate to follow up with further research/reading using information or links in this article.
B) The research publication that the article above is summarizing.  This will be a challenging read: don't panic.  I don't expect you to follow all the detail, grasp a lot of the technical stuff.  But DO try to a) get a feel for the RESEARCH QUESTIONS addressed, b) the GENERAL APPROACH of the researchers, c) their CONCLUSIONS with respect to initial questions, and d) frame some QUESTIONS both about the work they did and about what you'd see as interesting further work.

For most, maybe all of you this will be a first foray into the scientific primary (original research).  Here are some NOTES about approaching primary research papers.

The ASSIGNMENT:
* Come to class with notes on questions -- both 'questions of fact', definitions, background, AND questions about underlying or emergent ideas.
* Frame two or three SPECIFIC RESEARCH QUESTIONS that emerge from this reading.  What would you want to find out next?
You don't need to hand these in, but I'll call on some of you in class -- SO DO write them down so you'll remember them.