Brief Course Description

This course will focus on the ecology of the Southwest desert, particularly on the adaptations of organisms to arid conditions and ecological aspects of human water use. We will spend our time primarily in southern Arizona, with a few stops in Colorado, Utah, and northern Arizona. Activities will include hiking in the Grand Canyon, camping in the Sonoran desert, learning the common plants and animals of the desert, discussing current environmental challenges and solutions, and carrying out a field project.