Through a combination of fieldwork, laboratory investigation and academic material, students receive hands-on experience in the study of human and wildlife motion and gait. State-of-the-art technologies in the human motion lab are integrated with human and wildlife tracking to introduce the basic principles and mechanics underlying human and wildlife locomotion. The mechanics and energetics of movement are introduced in the classroom, researched in the motion lab, and applied on the landscape of the UVM Jericho Research Forest. Data recorded and analyzed in the motion lab are associated with details observed within tracks of an animal or person. Students will explore the landscape of the track itself and learn to identify, interpret and discuss major body movements regarding forward motion, including speed, change of direction, and balance. Students will observe, record, and associate the forces and energetics of their movements with physical evidence in their tracks. Successive aspects of movement and soil mechanics are introduced and reinforced by field and laboratory application to promote: an eye for detail, a sense of context, and an appreciation for the rigor of scientific investigation ? skills that are required to perform academic, forensic, or scientific investigation. Students will also become aware of the longevity of tracks under different environmental conditions and learn the methods of track aging, measurement, and interpretation. No prerequisite.
Michael Kessler () and Jesse Jacobs ()
Dates: May 19 - June 13, 2014 Course cross listed with WFB 185 60973
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