Cedar Bog Lake, where Ray and Eleanor Lindeman sampled everything living and nonliving, leading to the theoretical foundations of modern ecosystem ecology 

Join us for Ecology (EEB 3407/5407) at Cedar Creek each year during the May Session

Cedar Creek is one of the most active and influential ecological research sites worldwide. It contains an exceptional diversity of plants and animals, partly because Minnesota is at the meeting point of three of the largest biomes in North America: the northern boreal forest, the eastern deciduous forest, and the Great Plains grasslands and savannas. Here you will visit current experiments, including studies that test how biodiversity loss affects ecosystems and whether climate change will speed up or slow down, work with data from ongoing studies, and collaborate with other students to develop your own field ecology group project.

Course Dates: May 15 – June 2, 2023

Lectures: Two lectures daily (Monday through Friday): (1) in-person lecture from 11:00 am to noon and (2) asynchronous recorded online lecture

Labs: One lab daily (Monday through Friday) from 8:00 to 11:00 am, most labs will be in-person outdoors

Course Location: Cedar Creek Ecosystem Science Reserve, 2660 Fawn Lake Drive NE, East Bethel, MN 55005 (35 miles North of Twin Cities)

Credits: 3

Lecture Instructor: Dr. Forest Isbell ([email protected])

Cedar Creek course credits are transferable to most colleges and universities. We welcome students from around the United States and the world, in accordance with any travel restrictions. Instruction is in English. International students will need to work with the International Student and Scholar Services office to identify and obtain the appropriate visa.

Students can commute to Cedar Creek each day or live on site in shared housing. Lodging space is limited, however. To request lodging, please complete the online form here). In past years, most students have commuted and shared rides. To help facilitate this, the instructor will contact all registered students prior to the start of the course.

Undergraduate students should register for EEB 3407. Graduate students should register for EEB 5407.

If you are a current University of Minnesota student, you may register online for Summer 2023 courses beginning February 23 in accordance with the registration schedule.

If you are not a current UMN student, then please follow the instructions for non-degree students on the One Stop website to register beginning March 2 and send a copy of your transcript (unofficial is acceptable) to the course instructor, Dr. Forest Isbell ([email protected]).