Wyoming Field Studies in Ecology and Paleontology (6 credit summer class)

This 6-week field class is especially good for Environmental Science and Environmental Studies majors, as well as anyone who would enjoy an immersive experience in the great outdoors of Wyoming:

GEOL 1950 Wyoming Field Studies in Ecology and Paleontology (6 credits)

Instructors:  Mandi Lyon of the Carnegie Museum of Natural History

Dr. Steve Latta of the National Aviary

Dr. Charles E. Jones, University of Pittsburgh

Do you love nature?  Wildlife?  Being outside?  Fossils?  Science?

This class is an amazing opportunity to spend 6 weeks exploring the rich, natural treasures of Wyoming.  The first 4.5 weeks are split between Pitt’s very own 6,000 acre nature preserve and the Medicine Bow Mountains near Laramie, WY.  The preserve is a relatively arid mixed-grass prairie with several water holes that attract birds and other wildlife.  The snow-covered Medicine Bow Mountains reach up to 12,000’ and feature forests, mountain streams, and crystal-clear lakes.  The coursework consists of learning how to collect ecologic and geologic data to understand the modern and ancient ecology of the region.  The fossil resources cover some one billion years of time, but perhaps of greatest interest are the Jurassic dinosaur bones found within Pitt’s Spring Creek Preserve.  This first part of the class culminates in a week-long independent research project devised by each student.

The last 10 days of the class feature a camping and hiking trip around the state that includes several days in the spectacular landscapes of Yellowstone National Park and the Tetons.

This class involves real work and real skills-building, but it also is a great opportunity to see diverse arrays of western birds, mammals and plants, as well as some amazing geology.  This class is an awesome experience!

For more details and to sign up, visit https://na01.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=www.abroad.pitt.edu%2Fspringcreek&data=02%7C01%7Ceric.schultz%40uconn.edu%7C0c7b7a916a6e4a34ac4908d6a08abd7a%7C17f1a87e2a254eaab9df9d439034b080%7C0%7C0%7C636872915091108179&sdata=vC27t%2BRxC6hmLVhQTu2ObNBPowJrFfZ9JhtWL9QZPuU%3D&reserved=0

Application deadline is March 24, 2019

Offered by the Department of Geology and Environmental Science

at the University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania