WILD 475 Desert Ecology
A two week team-taught field course exploring relationships between climate, geology, landforms, biodiversity, biotic adaptations and ecosystem conditions in the arid regions of Arizona and southern California. Focus is on the Sonoran and Mojave deserts but includes the transitions to adjacent grassland and forest biomes of the Sky Islands and Colorado Plateau. Exploration of issues arising from human use of land and water, and conservation in arid environments. Experiential learning involving team and individual projects and assignments before and during the field trip.
Enrollment is limited to ~20. The course begins and ends in Phoenix AZ. Students are responsible for their transportation to/from Phoenix. Other course costs (transport, camping, admissions and most meals) will be discussed at the information session held in the Fall term of the academic year that the field trip is given. The course requires camping and living under desert conditions.
Restriction(s): Restricted to U2 and U3 students.
Prerequisite(s): Permission of the instructors is required to register. To be eligible students are required to have at least one systems-focused course, one ecology course and two organismal courses. Students should consult the instructors for list of appropriate courses.
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