Naturalist Perspectives: All Blog Posts due Dec. 2nd

You have until the end of the day on December 2nd to complete any late blog posts for Naturalist Perspectives assignments as well as blog posts for the current challenges. Additional challenges will be posted in the coming weeks.


Office Hours for Midterm Exam Questions

Here are upcoming office hours in which we can discuss questions you have regarding next week’s exam.

Leo: Friday 5:30 – 6:30pm

Albert: Monday 10 – 11am, 2:30 – 3:30pm

All sessions will be held in University Hall 2-094.

Midterm Exam on Nov. 8th

As discussed in class, we’ll have an in-class exam on Nov. 8th covering the topics we’ve discussed so far: Scientific Inquiry, Properties of Life, Basic Chemistry, Biological Macromolecules and Cell Biology. You’ll have the entire class period to work on the exam, and you may use any handwritten or printed notes (no Internet or textbook use).

You may find it helpful to look over the key terms for these topics, slides from previous semesters and old exams.

Naturalist Perspectives Challenge 1: Find a Flowering Plant and a Pollinator

Since there’s still quite a bit in vegetation in bloom at this time of year, your first challenge is to find a flowering plant and at least one pollinator by doing the following.

  1. Pick a flowering plant and conduct observation transect by using it as a starting, mid or end point to your transect. Are there other flowers along this transect? If so, are they members of the same or different species? Note any pollinators you observe.
  2. If you didn’t see any pollinators during your transect, look around the area for them. Or look in a different area. What kind of organisms are they? What are they doing?
  3. In your note book, use inductive and deductive reasoning to further consider what you’ve observed. What can you understand or speculate about the flowers and pollinators and the area they are in with these kinds of reasoning? Give four uses of reasoning, clearly explaining each as inductive or deductive.
  4. In your blog post, share your observations and impressions. Also share your thoughts on what these pollinators might tell you about the area you found them in. Finally, describe your use of inductive and/or deductive reasoning.

Welcome to Lesley University CBIOL 1101!

Greetings! This is the blog we’ll be using for CBIOL 1101: Biology 1. Here, information regarding class prep, assignments and more will be posted regularly.

To get us started, what comes to mind when you see this image?

What things in this image are you wondering about? Do you think this is a natural area? Why or why not? What does natural even mean? What connections do you think this scene has to topics in our course?