ENVIRON 341 - Ecosystem Science in the Rockies
Section: 721
Term: SU 2008
Subject: Program in the Environment (ENVIRON)
Department: SNE Program in the Environment
Requirements & Distribution:
With permission of department.
Advisory Prerequisites:
Introductory course in Geology, Ecology, or Global Change.
Other Course Info:
Su at Camp Davis, Wyoming.
This course counts toward the 60 credits of math/science required for a Bachelor of Science degree.
May not be repeated for credit.
Primary Instructor:

Geological Sciences 341, cross listed with ENVIRON 341 introduces students to principles of environmental science using the Rocky Mountains as a field laboratory. The unique and diverse geological history and climate of this region controls the occurrence of terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems, and the plants and animals of which they are composed.  We will develop and use an understanding of geological and meteorogical processes to understand the distribution and function of grasslands, forests, and alpine ecosystems in the Rocky Mountians.  This course is designed for majors in geological sciences, natural resources and environmental science to gain field-based knowledge and experience of Rocky Mountain geology and ecology.  It is also designed for students majoring in other areas who have a general interest in this subject matter. This course will be team taught by professors from several different disciplines.

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Instructors for this offering include:

Prof. Joel Blum U of M Geology, Prof. Don Zak U of M SNRE, Prof. Jerry Keeler U of M AOSS/EHS, Prof. Tom Baumiller U of M Geology, Prof. Brian Kennedy U of Idaho


An introductory college science course or permission from course coordinator is required.

Fees and Tuition

Fees: $650 includes transportation, food, lodging, and course materials

Tuition: Tuition for five U of M credits must be paid directly to the University of Michigan and will be billed on July 31st, 2008. Guest students are charged upper division rates.  Up to date tuition rates can be found at the  U of M Registrar website. Departmental Financial Aid to help offset tuition cost is available.  All students ( including guest students ) are encouraged to apply. Please direct any questions to campdavis@umich.edu or call 734-615-8600

Please visit our Frequently Asked Questions page for more information about Camp Davis.

To enroll in GEOSCI 341 please fill out the Camp Davis Application and return via email or regular U.S. mail. Deadline for applications is May 1st, 2008.

Course Curriculum

This course is taught in modules as a hands-on research experience. At the end of each module a project write-up is due. Some projects are completed in small groups of 3-4, whereas others are completed by each student. A list of last year’s projects is given below, but they do change somewhat as instructors develop with new project ideas.

Mountain Meteorology. Using a weather station in camp and flying an instrumented  weather balloon, students learn the basic principles of mountain meteorology, cloud identification and severe weather.

Rocky Mountain Geology. Through field observations students learn rock identification, the geologic history of the Rockies, and how geology and glaciations affects the chemistry of streams and soils.

Rocky Mountain Forest Ecology. Students integrate their knowledge of mountain meteorology and geology to understand the driving factors behind five distinct mountain ecosystems. Identification and investigation of soils, woody plants, shrubs and wildflowers are included.

Forest Succession in Riparian Zones. Students learn the basic principles of forest succession and investigate rates of biomass production and carbon sequestration.

Stream Hydrology and Fluvial Ecosystems. Studies of stream hydrology and sediment transport are integrated with identification of aquatic organisms and their habitats.

Environmental Degradation Related to Mining. Students investigate the effects of historical mining on the ecology of the northern Yellowstone region.

ENVIRON 341 - Ecosystem Science in the Rockies
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