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 2015

Instructors: George McCourt, James W Fyles, Terry A Wheeler (Winter)

  • Winter

  • Field course

  • Prerequisites: PLNT 460, WILD 307 (formerly ZOOL 307), WILD 420

  • Enrolment limited to 20

  • A $1,000.00 fee is charged to all students registered in WILD 475 Desert Ecology, a course that is based on site visits in the southwestern US, that include representative areas of the Chihuahuan (Texas), Sonoran (Arizona) and Mojave (California) Deserts. This fee is used to support the cost of transportation once in the USA, entrance fees and the operation of the support vehicle and crew. Students will be responsible for their own airfare and food expenses.