BIO450 Natural History of California
Lead Faculty: Dr. Michael R. Maxwell
A unique field experience for those students interested in a more comprehensive introduction to the scientific study of the Southwestern ecosystems of the U.S. This course consists of field trips, with sites specifically selected for each academic center within the University.
- Give descriptions of the ecosystems (faunal and floral components--identification of 15 genera and species occurring in three different ecosystems in the local area).
- Describe regional occurrences of the biotic components, including their zoogeography, seasonal variations, and geographic differences.
- Explain the interaction between the physical characteristics (e.g. temperature, moisture, and soil; natural disasters.
- Have knowledge of the basic references and research papers published for the region.
- Understand scientific methodology and ecological research techniques (such as transects, quadrats, biomass determinations, etc.).
- Describe 5 major parks or ecological reserves within a 100 km circumference of their campus.