ENTOM 2500

ENTOM 2500

Course information provided by the Courses of Study 2018-2019.

The Sonoran Desert hosts an impressive array of biological diversity. This course will explore this diversity, with a focus on the insect fauna and the plants they utilize. Specific topics will include collection methods, insect biodiversity, biogeography, and Sonoran Desert plant communities. A one-week field trip will take place over spring break. Students will travel to Tucson, visit the Sonoran Desert Museum, and be housed at the Southwest Field Station.

When Offered Spring.

Fees Course fee: $1,000.
Prerequisites/Corequisites Prerequisite: ENTOM 2120.

  • Introduce students to the biodiversity of the desert southwest through a focused examination of insects (bees and flies) and their host plant communities.
  • Develop skills in insect natural history observation.
  • Formulate hypotheses for individual research projects. Collect ecological, behavioral, and natural history data in the field, Analyze these data to address the hypotheses posed.
  • Apply basic statistical methods.
  • Explain and present scientific results orally and in writing.
  • Interpret, analyze, and discuss scientific literature relevant to desert ecology and plant and insect biodiversity.

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  •   Regular Academic Session.  Choose one lecture and one field studies.

  • 3 Credits Graded

  • 18379 ENTOM 2500   LEC 001

  • Prerequisite: ENTOM 2120 Course fee $1000 (covers food, transportation and lodging while in Arizona) Students will also need to purchase their own plane ticket. Grant to help with travel fees (https://engaged.cornell.edu/grant/community-engaged-student-travel-grants/).

  • 18380 ENTOM 2500   FLD 801

    • TBA Other Domestic
    • Mar 30 - Apr 7, 2019
    • Danforth, B

      O'Grady, P

      Specht, C

  • Taught in the Sonoran Desert. Travel dates March 29-April 8, required for course. Course fee TBD.