The Olden Research Lab is spearheading a research survey to evaluate existing and future potential for ecological data collection as part of class-based activities at institutions of higher education. We are seeking information from instructors – meaning teachers, professors, lecturers in universities or colleges – who are currently or are interested in leading undergraduate and/or graduate student collection of ecological data as part of a class.

The survey takes approximately 15-20 minutes to complete, and will contribute to a global review on the extent and types of student ecological data collection, and provide insight into the opportunities and challenges associated with these class-based efforts to support desired educational outcomes. 

The survey is accessible at This survey is being distributed primarily through ecological societies worldwide, in the hopes of obtaining a broad reach of instructors at institutions around the world – we are also happy to have help in distributing the survey though word-of-mouth or social media!

Please email us at if you have any questions about this survey.

– Olden Research Lab