Wild Semester (New Mexico)
Required Texts and Materials
- Intructions for taking Field Notes, an essential part of this program.
- The Outward Bound Wilderness First-Aid Handbook, Revised and Updated. Most updated version
- Silva Ranger compass with adjustable declination AND built in clinometer.
Course Objectives: Biology 342 seeks to give the student an understanding of: the natural history, the taxonomic characteristics, and the phylogenetic relationships among vertebrates of the United States, with focusing on both southeastern and southwestern species.
The emphasis is on amphibians, reptiles and mammals; however, a number of the more common bird species will be examined. The course also seeks to give the student a practical understanding of field research techniques and the role of biological collections, particularly as these relate to diversity and conservation studies.
Books required for this class include:
- A Field Guide to Western Reptiles and Amphibians: Field Marks of All Species in Western North America, Including Baja California (Peterson Field Guide Series) by Robert C. Stebbins. Most recent edition
- Peterson Field Guide to Mammals of North America, Fourth Edition, by Fiona Reid. Most recent edition
- Sibley Field Guide to Birds of Western North America,by David Sibley. Most recent edition.
- Additional readings from other books and the primary literature will be assigned and used in laboratory work, class discussions and examinations.
Specimen Preparation Kit:
Field Notebooks: Recommended: Ben Meadows Company Field Book (#101595)
Pens: Required: Uniball, Micro or Fine, black ink. Bring at least 10!
Course Objectives: Biology 430 is a technical introduction to fisheries, forestry, wildlife and land management.
It is also an introduction to conservation biology in a formal sense.
The goal of this course is to give the student an understanding of the historical development of these disciplines, the agencies charged with
resource management, the current legislation that mandates their policies, and most importantly, a working knowledge of management practices within
- Conserving Living Natural Resources: In the Context of a Changing World, by Bertie Josephson Weddell, Cambridge University Press; 2002 (ISBN: 0521782708)
- A Sand County Almanac: with Essays on Conservation from Round River, by Aldo (da man) Leopold, Ballantine Books, New York, (ISBN: 0-345-34505-3)
- River of Spirits: A Natural History of New Mexico's Las Animas Creek by Harley G. Shaw (Editor) and Matilde Hozwarth (Photographer) Publisher: The History Press, ISBN-10: 1625858604, ISBN-13: 978-1625858603
- The first two books in their entirety are required reading for the class. Additional readings will be assigned during the semester. You may be called upon in class to thoughtfully discuss topics in the reading. Your performance in these discussions will constitute 5% of your grade.
Course Objectives:Biology 340 seeks to give the student an understanding of: the interactions among organisms and between organisms and their environments, the consequences of these interactions for population dynamics, community structure, and the flow of energy and matter through ecosystems, all within the context of evolutionary processes. The course will also consider environmental issues and conservation.
The text book required for this class is Ecology: Concepts and Applications, 3rd Edition. 2013. By Michael Cain, William D. Bowman, Sally D. Hacker, Sinauer Associates, Inc., Publishers.
Any material presented in the text will be considered testable material whether or not it has been discussed in class. Other readings from the primary literature will be assigned and used in laboratory work and class discussions.