Desert Biodiversity

Session 2

Desert Biodiversity– 4 credits

In this course you are invited to enter a strange and wonderful ecosystem and learn about plants and animals found there. We will explore the habitats, evolutionary history, and ecosystem-level processes particular to xeric environments. We will begin with a two-week directed study consisting of readings, discussions, and begin work on an individual project designed to help you take full advantage of a capstone 14-day field experience in the deserts of the South West USA. We will visit a series of stunning localities (and local experts) and explore the amazing adaptations of plants and animals to survive in this region.

Check out past students’ field observations:

Instructor: Norm Douglas | 618A Carr Hall |

Format: Introductory activities, lectures, field research in AZ and CA, data analysis.

Required Text: No textbook is required.

Expected costs: $400, plus airfare to and from Las Vegas.

Class Meeting Time (while at UF): M,T,W,R,F | Period 6 – 8 (12:50 PM – 3:50 PM)

Tentative Dates for Field Experience: March 12th- March 21st (traveling to Las Vegas on March 11th, returning to Gainesville March 22nd)

This course has a limited number of seats –apply today to ensure your spot! To apply click this link: here! 

Applications are due Friday, November 17th, 2017 by 11:59pm