Spring 2004
Fully Enrolled

SCIE 636
The Natural History of Spring

Hammerson,Geoffrey

01/26/2004 - 05/08/2004
Note: Special Schedule -

Science Tower 137

Special Schedule: One week immersion - April 14-18)


In this field course, we focus on ecological relationships and life history events characteristic of early spring, a time when winter quiescence gives way to a period of intense growth and activity in plants and animals. Some of the organisms and phenomena to be observed and discussed include: early spring flora, patterns of plant growth and flowering, life histories of spring-flying butterflies and other insects, bird migration and breeding behavior, and the ecology of vernal pools. Emphasis is on increasing our understanding of nature through first-hand field experience.

Course requirements include an individual field project, oral presentation, and field notebook.

The regular class schedule for this course is Thursdays, 6:30-9 p.m. Special schedule: following an organizational meeting scheduled for January 29, the course resumes on March 4 and extends through May 16. This allows us to conduct our field studies during the most favorable parts of early and mid-spring. Some of our meetings are on Thursday evenings (mainly early and late in the semester), and several Sunday morning field trips are scheduled for late March, April, and May. On a few occasions, we meet both on Thursday evening and Sunday morning of a particular week.


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.


ENROLLMENT INFORMATION

Consent of Instructor Required: No

Format: Field Studies

Level: GLSP Credits: 3 Enrollment Limit: 18

Texts to purchase for this course:
Geoffrey Hammerson, CONNECTICUT WILDLIFE: BIODIVERSITY, NATURAL HISTORY & CONSERVATION (University Press of New England)

This book is currently in press and will be available for purchase by the start of the course.

READING MATERIALS AVAILABLE AT BROAD STREET BOOKS, 45 BROAD STREET, MIDDLETOWN, 860-685-7323

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