Applications for 2018 will be available upon approval from Rhodes, please contact the professor in charge of this program for more information on Summer 2018.
This field-based course is focused on the ecology of the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem. Topics include: the influence of large-scale, regional abiotic processes (such as geology, climate and water cycling) on ecological patterns and processes; community composition and interactions among organisms; community dynamics and patterns of succession; natural disturbance regimes (such as fire, windfall, and disease); trophic interactions among organisms (including the role of apex consumers); human influence and management; and identification/taxonomy of plants, mammals, and birds. Students will become familiar with basic processes of field inquiry, project design, research techniques, and data collection. The first two weeks of the course introduce students to the topics listed above and culminate with a trip to Yellowstone National Park. The remaining two weeks of the course are spent working in small groups on research projects. The course will connect students with regional scientists and land managers, as well as other programming areas of Teton Science Schools, to empower students as they consider future professional development opportunities. Students from all academics disciplines (both science and non-science) are encouraged to apply.
To read some of the blog posts from the 2016 Maymester students, please see https://rockymountainecology.wordpress.com/page/4/
Students will spend a majority of their time on the Kelly Campus in a rustic log cabin setting. The Kelly Campus is located within Grand Tetons National Park. 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 – there will be 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 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. All meals (both on Kelly Campus and while camping in Yellowstone) can be modified to meet specific dietary requirements of students.
ENVS 170 (four-credit course); F7, F11
Location and Dates:
Where: Jackson, Wyoming (USA), including Grand Teton National Park and Yellowstone National Park.
Dates: May 28 - June 22, 2017
Minimum GPA of 2.5 and be in good academic and social standing
The cost of the program:
$4,199 (includes tuition, room, board & travel in Wyoming) Does not include travel to/from Wyoming.
Professor Sarah Boyle, firstname.lastname@example.org
Need-Based Scholarship Applicants:
NEW! Summer Need-Based Scholarships have a new process:
The scholarship application OPENS on December 1, and we are awarding scholarships on a first-come, first-serve basis.
We will consider your scholarship application if BOTH your Need-Based Scholarship application AND your Off-Campus Study Application for the Maymester are complete.
Please contact the Study Abroad Office if you have any questions.