WILD 475 Desert Ecology (3 credits)

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


Resource Development : This course deals with adaptations to heat and drought. Representative areas of Coastal Bend, Chihuahuan and Sonoran deserts are visited over a two-week period. In the third week, emphasis is on the high desert and historical and cultural aspects of desert life observed in at the Mesa Verde cliff dwellings. A pre-trip analysis of an area to be visited and field notes are the principal bases of evaluation. Students must bear transportation costs.

Terms: Winter 2013

Instructors: Fyles, James W; McCourt, George; Wheeler, Terry A (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.