Spring 2009

SCIE 620
Life Among Snow and Ice


03/09/2009 - 03/13/2009
Monday-Friday 08:00 AM - 04:00 PM

Science Tower 137

Special Schedule: One-week immersion March 9 - March 13

This one-week immersion course focuses on how plants and animals deal with snow, ice, and freezing temperatures, including examples from arctic, antarctic, alpine, and winter temperate-zone environments. Specific topics include the physical characteristics of snow and ice; the roles of snow and ice as stressors, buffers, and habitats; anatomical, physiological, and behavioral responses to subfreezing temperatures, including cellular and cardiovascular changes, insulation, supercooling, and hibernation; effects of snow and ice on the timing of life cycles; arctic-alpine biogeography; and the implications of climate change on the life histories and conservation status of cold-adapted animals and plants. Organisms to be discussed range from snow algae, iceworms, and heat-producing plants to frozen frogs, penguins, and polar bears.

This course is not open to auditors.

A syllabus for this course is available at:
SCIE 620

Geoffrey Hammerson (B.S. University of California, Berkeley; Ph.D. University of Colorado, Boulder) is a research zoologist at NatureServe and is author of more than 70 reports and publications, most recently, The conservation status of the world's reptiles (Biological Conservation, 2013, with M. Bohm et al.) and Rapid assessment of plant and animal vulnerability to climate change (in Wildlife Conservation in a Changing Climate (University of Chicago Press, 2012, with Young et al.) Click here to read an article about Geoff and his GLS courses.


Consent of Instructor Required: No

Format: Seminar

Level: GLSP Credits: 3 Enrollment Limit: 18

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