Look at the University of
ichigan Biological Station
In the Biology and Ecology
class, Professor Webb is
both the lecturer (far left)
and also the captain of the
boat (left), giving
directions to LSA senior
Manish Amin (r) as he
steers the class to the other
side of Douglas Lake.
LSA seniors Deb Paxton and Laura Welsh scan the waters as they pull their seine through the waters of Douglas Lake, hoping to get a sample offish for analysis.
(Far Left, Left)
Dropping their net after a catch,
a group of students gather their
fish in a bucket to take back to
Deb Paxton (l) and Laurie Avery,
LSA senior; use a microscope to
gather data on their catch.
Farther north than North Campus and taking up more space than Central
Campus is another part of the University of Michigan relatively unknown out-
side of the biology department. It is the University of Michigan Biological Station
(UMBS), located on Douglas Lake near the tip of the Lower Peninsula.
Here we have a typical day in the life of Professor Webb's Biology 486 class,
the Biology and Ecology of Fish. The morning began with a short lecture on the
day's topic. After reviewing the current theory on this topic, students learned
how to test this information themselves on Douglas Lake. From their desks, they
head for the dock, put on their waders, and get on a boat to the other side of the
lake. Once there, the class separates into smaller groups to each catch a sample
of fish for study later. Once a sample has been gathered, the students head back
to the lab to analyze their sample and compare their results to the expected