Biology Students Explore
Natural History of Southern California

On a recent spring break trip, 12 students explored the natural history of Southern California on the Biology Field Trip (BIO 3072) with Profs. Mike Blust and Jim Graves. In this 9-day field-intensive experience, students developed observation skills, learned about flora and fauna in ecosystems ranging from Sonoran Desert to Live Oak Woodlands, observed conservation problems and solutions in a region rich in endemic species, and conducted field research. Before the trip, the class discussed Bakker’s An Island Called California, and each student searched additional literature on a topic of interest and designed a study. For example, they asked, “Do lizards show a preference for cool microsites in a warm environment?” and “What factors influence distance between shrubs in desert and chaparral communities?” Solving problems with these studies in the field provided students with some of their best learning experiences. Trip highlights included a walk through the sparsely leafy and flowering desert to a palm oasis, Great Horned Owls hollering from the sandstone cliffs over Joshua Trees and Junipers, and a Darwinian experience on Santa Cruz Island where isolation has yielded a curious world of little Island Foxes, large Island Scrub Jays, and Giant Coreopsis. The students will present research findings from this trip on Friday, April 13, starting at 2:30 pm. Location will be announced soon.

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WEEK AT A GLANCE

MONDAY, APR. 2
Registration for Fall Semester
All day

Belly Dancing
7 - 8 p.m., Bogue Movement Rm.

TUESDAY, APR. 3
Registration for Fall Semester
All day

Guided Relaxation/Meditation
12:30 - 1 p.m., Wellness Center

Power Yoga
4 - 5 p.m., Bogue Movement

Credo Christe
5:30 - 6:30 p.m., Ackley Chapel

WEDNESDAY, , MAR. 28
Registration for Fall Semester
All day

Pilates
9 - 10 a.m., Bogue Movement

Community Conversation
3 - 3:30 p.m., Withey Lobby

Cardio Kickboxing
5:30 - 7 p.m.,
Bogue Movement Rm.

Live Music: Elza
9 - 11 p.m., The Gorge

THURSDAY, APR. 4
Registration for Fall Semester
All day

Power Yoga
4 - 5 p.m., Bogue Movement Rm.

Student Colloquium Series
4 - 5 p.m., YES! Coffee House

FRIDAY, APR. 5
Registration for Fall Semester
All day

Gentle Yoga
2:30 - 3:30 p.m.,
Bogue Movement Rm.

Easter Break Begins



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