Biogeography Field Study -- 3 Credits
week of Spring Break (March 9-15, 2009)
in Tucson, AZ.
cacti at Gates Pass outside of Tucson Arizona
Google Earth Map of the Sonoran
Desert Trip (Requires
field course will leave Valparaiso and fly to Tucson,
Arizona. We will stay at one motel for a week. Each day we
will study the physical landscape of the Sonoran Desert Community--the
cacti, the desert trees and shrubs, and the animals. We will
investigate the following sites which are nicely located only
an hour from Tucson:
Day 2: Kartchner
Caverns, San Pedro River
Day 3 Saguaro National
Day 4: Arizona-Sonora
Day 5: Chiricahua National
Sonoran Desert teams with life.
In lushness and variety of life, the Sonoran Desert far surpasses
all other North American deserts. The plants and animals able
to survive in this enviornment make up one of the most interesting
and unusual collections of life in the United States.
Be Aware: The course will require considerable walking at
high elevations. Sometimes the heat is extreme, and there
is no water available along most trails. you need to be aware
of painful enocounters with cacti such as the cholla cactus
spines that, with just the slightest touch, can become embedded
in your skin. Also, you need to avoid encountering poisonous
rattlesnakes, scorpions, or Gila monsters.
Besides these encounters, a research paper on some aspect
of the desert environment is also required.
Approximate cost: $550.00 per person. This includes
ground transportation from Valparaiso to Chicago and back,
van rental costs to airport and around Tucson, hotel for one
week (four persons per room), and all park fees. You will
also need to pay for some food and your plane ticket (about
If you are interested, please see Prof. Ronald Janke,
Kallay-Christopher Hall, Room 201-H, 464-5139, for details.
Seating is limited to 10 students, so you need to see him
soon--do not wait until registration.
Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum is an excellent place to
learn about the Sonoran Desert