Master of Liberal Studies

Study in Taos


Biotic Communities of the Southwest

July 5-13, 2015

Each student brings his or her hiking shoes, hat, water container, backpack, rain gear, and sunscreen and explores the major life zones of the Southern Rocky Mountains of north central New Mexico. In an area 7,000 feet in elevation, this course provides a wealth of field experience. Field trips include the Fort Burgwin campus and a trip to the Taos Pueblo, followed by trips to Bandelier National Monument, Ghost Ranch, the La Junta clear-cut forest, Trail 69, Italionalis canyon, and finally a longer trip to Williams Lake in Ski Valley.  This course takes full advantage of the rich environment of Taos, New Mexico, in order to examine the major life zones of the Southwest. Students enrolling in this course for credit must enroll in both SCCL 7206 and SCCL 7106, for a total of three credit hours. (SMU-in-Taos)

Instructor: Dr. John Ubelaker
Dr. John Ubelaker, is a Professor Biological Sciences and is highly recognized as an outstanding teaching Professor at SMU. In 1993 the University recognized Dr. Ubelaker as an Altschuler outstanding lecturer by awarding him a Distinguished Lecturer Award of the University. He has taught on the Taos campus for the past 20 years and knows the area extremely well. He is currently working on several monographs of plants from this region of New Mexico.

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