WILD 475 Desert Ecology (3 credits)

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Offered by: Natural Resource Sciences (Agricultural & Environmental Sciences)


Resource Development : A three week 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.

Terms: Winter 2017

Instructors: George McCourt, James W Fyles (Winter)

  • Odd-numbered Winter terms; enrollment limited to 20.

  • The course begins and ends in Phoenix AZ. Students are responsible for their transportation to/from Phoenix.

  • A course fee of $1400.00 covers the cost of transportation, camping, admissions and most meals during the field trip.

  • 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.