Rocky Mountain Ecology
Rhodes Rocky Mountain Ecology (Two-Credit Course)
ENVS 160 (two-credit course), F11
Location and Dates:
Where: Jackson, Wyoming (USA), including Grand Teton National Park and Yellowstone National Park.
Dates: June 1-14, 2014.
Minimum GPA of 2.5 and be in good academic and social standing.
This field course is focused on community ecology of the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem (GYE). Ecology Topics include: regional geology, influence of topography and climate on vegetation, community interaction of plants and animals, predation and competition, community dynamics, succession, and disturbance.
Students will spend the majority of their time on the Kelly Campus in a rustic log cabin setting. Students will also visit Yellowstone National Park and camp in tents. Quality tents will be provided as well as campground reservations. Expect to ‘rough it’ a little – hard, uneven surfaces, insects, wildlife, inclement weather. There are bathroom facilities at Yellowstone camping areas. Accepted students are expected to carefully review the equipment list, and bring all of the required items as weather in Jackson Hole is unpredictable. Laundry facilities are not available on campus but can be accessed in the town of Jackson.
Home-cooked meals are prepared by our professional kitchen staff at Kelly Campus and are served family style. All staff and participants are expected to assist with daily chores. These daily tasks typically involve meal clean-up and tidying classroom/living space. When camping in Yellowstone, meals will be prepared over campstoves. These will be simple and nutritious in design. Students will participate in the preparation of these meals.