Fall 2010

SCIE 637
The Natural History of Autumn


10/16/2010 - 10/20/2010
Note: Special Schedule 09:00 AM - 05:00 PM

Science Tower 137

Special Schedule: Saturday - Wednesday, October 16-20

This field course focuses on ecological interactions and life history events characteristic of autumn. Our study topics include acorn ecology, seed dispersal by fruit-eating birds, fall wildflowers, color change and abscission of leaves, food storage and pre-winter behavior of mammals, migration of hawks and waterfowl, autumn activities in vernal pools, and the evening insect chorus. Autumn will be highlighted as a period when most organisms make dramatic shifts in the mode and tempo of life processes.

Course requirements include an individual field project and weekly written reports that detail our class field studies. Assignments emphasize objective observational procedures and the reporting of first-hand field observations in a scientifically useful manner.

This course entails a substantial amount of long-distance walking and physical exertion, usually in hilly terrain lacking comfort facilities.

Enrollment is limited to 14 students. This course is not open to auditors.

The deadline to withdraw and receive a tuition refund for this course is Friday, September 17 at 5:00 pm.

A syllabus for this course is available at:
SCIE 637

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: Field Studies

Level: GLSP Credits: 3 Enrollment Limit: 14

Texts to purchase for this course:
Hammerson, G. A. 2004.Connecticut Wildlife: Biodiversity, Natural History, and Conservation. Hanover: University Press of New England. ISBN: 1-58465-369-8

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