A Field Course at CU's Mountain Research Station
EBIO 4100, Sec 570
Next Offered Spring 2014 - 3 Credits
Field & Application requirements – Meets
EBIO’s 4000 requirement
6 Weeks -- Wednesday lectures: 15 Jan, 29 Jan through
5 Mar 2014 -- Weekends:
starting Sat 1 Feb
through Sat 8 Mar 2014
* * * Course Syllabus * * *Course Description
Words from Previous Years' Students
2014 Winter Ecology
(photo: (c) Fernando Lima)
2013 class pix (5.4M)
class pix (4.8M)
2011 class pix (4.5M) (photo originals: Kelly Matheson, T Kittel - composite by Justin Burman)
2010 class pix (2.5M)
2009 Collage (2M)
2008 Collage (2M)
updated 2/25/14 --
0) Class photo added to main page
1) Results & photos posted (minor updates 2/23/14)
2) Field Practical - updated Study Guide
field ecology rap video --
2014 Calendar-at-a-glance (and daily start times) - (schedule subject to modification- see Announcements)
|Wintertime offers insights into the natural history of organisms and function of ecosystems that are not often appreciated in summer visits to the field. Winter Ecology is a survey of physical and biological processes and their interaction in wintertime snow-covered environments. Through classwork, fieldwork, and individual projects, we will focus on the dynamics of high-elevation ecosystems in the western US. Based out of the CU Mountain Research Station's year-round Science Lodge, we will spend 6 weekends exploring the ecology of upper montane, subalpine, and alpine landscapes in winter. We will study plant, vertebrate, and microbial adaptations to winter and the dynamics of terrestrial, aquatic, and snowpack environments. We will consider how winter processes play a role in “growing season” dynamics, shape landscapes, and are important factors in conservation and management of natural resources of the Rocky Mountains.|
Instructor: Dr. Timothy Kittel, INSTAAR
Locations, Dates & Times:
Moores-Collins Science Lodge
Mountain Research Station
- EBIO 4100, Sec 570
- Open to students from all colleges and universities
- includes lodging
- no additional tuition for out-of-state
- meals to be arranged separately (see pre-course organizational meeting)
- sorry, no pets
*INSTAAR Information Center 2nd floor RL-1, East Campus) --
Loan period for reserve books: two hours or
If checked out late in the day--overnight.
Winter trek - 1950/60's?. Photo source: Jim Snow. Source & copyright notice
MRS field courses –
(photo: Alan Rosacker, Winter Ecology 2005)
CU Winter Ecology with John Marr, 1946. Photo source: Joyce Gelhorn. Source & copyright notice
For more information email Tim Kittel at email@example.com
Download course flyer – pdf file (200k)
Download mini-slideshow – ppt file (7M)
“A personal goal for me, as an instructor, [is] to foster familiarity with the nature of science. There are many facets to understanding the world of science. One is experiencing the process of accumulation and evaluation of scientific understanding – how do new ideas arise and how are they tested? Another is developing the ability for independent thought, to be able to generate innovative ideas and [to] critically assess the results of others. And finally, gaining what is often called a ‘sense of place,’ which is to say in this context, to start on the road to develop an intuitive, personal sense of how natural systems work.”
Gold Lake, CO. Winter Ecology 2005 (photo: Alan Rosacker)
Snowpit field day, Winter Ecology 2009. Student Ryan Provencher (right) & Instructor T Kittel (photo: Drew Habig)
Most fieldwork will be in high elevation, snow-covered, and/or wind-blown areas. Students must come prepared to do wintertime fieldwork under such conditions (see Required Equipment). Participants need to be in good health and physical condition and aware of the physical stress of being out in high-elevation wintertime environments, including low oxygen, high exertion, and cold temperatures – those with respiratory or heart conditions are advised to consult their physician before enrolling.
for field work includes, in the minimum:
Go to WHAT TO BRING! for a full listing of required and suggested equipment --
In and Out of Classroom Behavior
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Professional courtesy and sensitivity are especially important with respect to individuals and topics dealing with differences of race, culture, religion, politics, sexual orientation, gender, gender variance, and nationalities. Class rosters are provided to the instructor with the student's legal name. I will gladly honor your request to address you by an alternate name or gender pronoun. Please advise me of this preference early in the semester so that I may make appropriate changes to my records.
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Accommodation for Religious Obligations
Campus policy regarding religious observances requires that faculty make every effort to reasonably and fairly deal with all students who, because of religious obligations, have conflicts with scheduled exams, assignments or required attendance. In this class, please notify me of anticipated conflicts before the start of the course or as early as possible so that there is adequate time to make necessary arrangements. See policy details at <http://www.colorado.edu/policies/fac_relig.html>.
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