Review Comment

Field Methods in Environmental Science

November 30, 2009

Bower, Peter
Field Methods in Environmental Science

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The best thing about this course (Field Methods) is the field trips.

Very little content. Mostly about tree growth and deer-hunting. Don't go if you're queazy about seeing dead deer hung from a tree.

There must be a number of other field methods we could learn, but we'll never know from him. He doesn't respond to interested questions unless you happen to be both pretty & sexy, then you have his entire attention.

Although Bower unctions students to bring in drafts, he does not give them a second glance nor commentate on them. You're on your own there. He instead pairs you up with a much weaker student, and lets you carry the bulk of the load, and lends a deaf ear and ambiguous remarks to questions.

Don't expect to learn all that much from this class.
Pretty much a hit & miss.
Good Luck.

Workload:

Light. one term paper - but don't let your weaker 'paper-mate' drag it to the last minute - will be a nightmare to do during exams - too much revision and back & forth needed then.

December 06, 2002

Bower, Peter
Field Methods in Environmental Science

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Hmm...In my experience, most professors are full of themselves--as are most students at this school, so Bower is really not such an anomaly in that respect. Where he does prove himself exceptional is in pedagogical technique and his philosophy about teaching. If you want a professor who will go as far as it takes to make sure that you know whats going on, produce quality work, and take something valuable away from a class, I cannot recommend Bower highly enough. He goes the extra mile--literally--by driving the class on numerous field trips (occuring about every other week) to the Black Rock Forest or elsewhere in the region. Who wouldn't seize this opportunity to get out of the city, into the woods, and learn what people in this field are really doing by doing it with them. Bower is at least humble enough to let numerous others take the wheel as guest lecturers (who were all great, incidentally). The class was extremely fun, and a refreshing departure from the drudgery we normally must endure. If Bower actually thought that grades were meaningful, I'd give this course an A+...as it is, I'll just say: You're missing out if you don't take this class.

Workload:

Relatively light--one large scientific report, 2 smaller papers, negligible amount of reading. But be prepared to go to every class--you and the Prof. will make each other suffer if you're not committed to it. Bower gives you every opportunity to do well, as he expects to read and comment on multiple drafts of your report. If you're all caught up on grades, snap out of it--You won't get any of your final-draft work returned to you unless it sucks.

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