Step 1: Students are asked to read through the Ecology of Fear module, observe animals in their local environment and write a proposal that outlines initial observations of animal behavior, a testable hypothesis, and an experimental design. Draft is due two weeks after assignment is given.
Step 2: Instructor provides feedback on experimental design. Students revise their plan and start collecting data.
Step 3: After one week, students meet in groups to share project progress and challenges. Groups report out to instructor. Instructor provides feedback and advice.
Step 4: Students bring their initial statistical analyses to share with other students in their research groups. Instructor provides feedback and advice.
Step 5: Students write up their results.