Rocky Mountain Ecology Field Research
The Rocky Mountain Ecology Field Research Maymester offers students the opportunity to learn about the ecology of the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem (GYE). Students will learn about regional geology, influence of topography and climate on vegetation; community interaction of plants and animals including herbivory; predation and competition, community dynamics, succession, disturbance, identification of plants, insects and birds through lectures, readings, discussions, and hands-on activities. The course is based at the Teton Science Schools, located within Grand Tetons National Park, in Wyoming. Students will spend four nights and five days in Yellowstone National Park.
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 24 - June 17, 2020
Minimum GPA of 2.5 and be in good academic and social standing
The cost of the program:
$4,055 This cost includes tuition, housing, meals, and transportation after arrival to Jackson Hole. Does not include travel to/from Wyoming.
Professor Michael Collins (firstname.lastname@example.org)