Instructor: Dr.Ruben Alarcón,
California State University Channel Islands
Course Objectives: Students will….
Explore the diverse mountain ecosystems surrounding RMBL;
Learn the skills necessary to systematically survey, collect, and identify the characteristic flora and fauna of the major mountain ecosystems;
Relate elevational patterns of species distributions to biotic and abiotic factors;
Learn to formulate ecological questions, practice the methods and analyses used in ecological field research, and discuss and communicate scientific ideas.
Textbooks: There is no formal textbook for this class.
Equipment: Daypack, field journal, pencils, water bottle(s), sweater/fleece, waterproof shell, spare hiking socks, hat, sunscreen, sunglasses, hiking boots, and binoculars (optional). You are responsible for making yourself comfortable in the outdoors.
Course Schedule: This course will usually meet two days per week from mid-June to early July.
RMBL Community Members may sit in on any given course session, with advance permission from the instructor and space permitting.