Desert Biodiversity

Session 2

Desert Biodiversity– PCB4460-4 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 (dry) environments. We will begin with a three-week directed study consisting of readings, discussions, and begin work on an individual project designed to help you take full advantage of a capstone ~two week field experience in the deserts of the Southwestern United States. We will visit a series of stunning localities (and local experts) and explore the amazing adaptations of plants and animals that 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: $723, plus food, and airfare to Las Vegas and from Phoenix.

Class Meeting Time (while at UF): M,T,W,R,F | Period 4 – 5 (10:40 AM – 12:35 PM)

Tentative Dates for Field Experience: March 7-March 20.

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

Applications are due Wednesday, December 4th at 11:59pm.