The description of patterns is a fundamental component of ecological studies and

The description of patterns is a fundamental component of ecological studies and science in general. Patterns motivate the questions and hypotheses that ecologists propose and the studies/experiments they design to address them.
Assignment Goals:
Learn how to describe patterns like an ecologist, and then practice this skill
Describe patterns that will motivate your research proposal for this course. The pattern should be either spatial (g., vertical zonation of organisms in the intertidal), or temporal (e.g., changes in the density or abundance of a species over time)
Assignment Grading Policies:
Your assignment grade is a composite score of content inclusion and content practice for each entry. For example, if you include all of the required components, and every component receives “Exceeds Expectations”, you will receive an “A+” on the assignment. If you include all of the required components, and every component received “Satisfactory”, you will receive a “B+” on the assignment.
What is a Field Notebook, and why is it important?
A field notebook is any place that a researcher (like you!) records observations or data.
Field notebooks provide a detailed, written account of the nitty gritty details of your observations, the methods you used to make those observations, your questions arising from the observations, and your hypotheses to answer those questions scientifically.
Notebooks also can facilitate a researcher’s thinking – you can record your thoughts, impressions, things to do differently next time, etc.