*Abbreviations under the "Available" column: A = Available // NA = Not Available // R = Previously Registered // WL = Currently on the Wait List
Natural History of the Blue Ridge and Valley
Students will receive a lecture on the geology, ecology, and biology of a unique geographic region of our planet, and explore factors that affect the distribution and abundance of plants and animals in the Blue Ridge and Valley of Virginia. The first day's lecture will be followed by field trips where students will meet instructors in predetermined field sites (see information below) to learn basic field identifications of geological and biological features of the landscape, and learn about why this region is unique ecologically. Students should be prepared to meet at predetermined locations for field trips. Transportation will not be provided. Please note, the first day's class will be lecture from 1:00-2:30 p.m., but field trips begin at 1:00 p.m. and could take as long as 2-3 hours to complete.
*More information will be provided in the first class.*
- Classroom lecture at Homewood Suites
- Rockfish Valley Natural History Center
- Hurricane Camille
- Stream morphology
- Terrestrial habitats and insects
- Blue Ridge Parkway
- Shenandoah Valley, Scree slopes
- Lichens and succession
- Grand Caverns ($13 entry per student)
- Cave geology and ecology
- Karst topography
- South River (Waynesboro)
- Aquatic ecology
- River vs. Spring communities
Curator of Geology James Beard received his BS from the University of Massachusetts in 1978 and his Ph.D. from the University of California, Davis in 1985. Dr. Beard is the author of over 50 peer-reviewed papers and numerous reviews, abstracts and popular articles. His research interests include the hydration of the mantle beneath the world’s oceans and the processes of continental crust formation. Dr. Beard is the Curator of Earth Sciences for the Virginia Museum of Natural History, and was a postdoctoral researcher at the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History.
Joe Keiper is Director of the Virginia Museum of Natural History and was previously an entomologist with the Cleveland Museum of Natural History. Keiper studied various topics in the fields of aquatic ecology and forensic entomology, and is currently involved in The Ants of Virginia Project.
Appropriate clothing for weather, including sturdy walking shoes. Suggested materials include a hand lens or loupe, and a pair of binoculars.
Evans, Arthur V. National Wildlife Federation Field Guide to Insects and Spiders & Related Species of North America, 2007. Frye, Keith. Roadside Geology of Virginia, 1986.
|A30||Joe Keiper||Sep 29, Oct 6, 13, 20, 27||Fr||1:30-3:00 p.m.||Homewood Suites||WL|