Description of the First Session at UMBS

From The Plant World 12: 141-142, June 1909

The University of Michigan announces the opening of a biological station for instruction and research in the lake region a few miles south of the Straits of Mackinaw, and near the much frequented "Inland Route" from Petosky on Lake Michigan to Cheboygan on Lake Huron. The variety of faunal and floral conditions is hardly as great as in some other locations that might have been selected, but students will have the exceptional advantage of personal instruction in "the exact methods of the laboratory, not hitherto commonly used in the field...applied to the observation of habits and to the making of field records, both written and pictorial." To specify in part--"a physical examination of Douglas Lake with reference to its contour, depth, inflow and outflow, character of bottom, relation to hydrographic basin, the turbidity, temperature and chemical constitution of its water will be followed by an examination of its plants and animals. After a study of the distribution of the plants of the lake, the distribution of protozoa, sponges, hydras, crustaceans, and other invertebrates in the lake with reference to depth, temperature, and other physical conditions, their relation to the plants and their association with one another to form faunae will be considered."

The work just described, together with the investigation of special problems connected with the plankton and with the embryology of bony fishes, is in charge of Professor Jacob Reighard. Courses in the ecology of plants, a botanical survey of the region, and research in ecology will be under the directions of Professor George P. Burns.