*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 10:00-11:30 a.m., but field trips begin at 10:00 a.m. and could take as long as 2-3 hours to complete.
*More information will be provided in the first class.*
Sept. 29
- Classroom lecture at Homewood Suites
Oct. 6
- Rockfish Valley Natural History Center
- Exhibits
- Hurricane Camille
- Stream morphology
- Terrestrial habitats and insects
Oct. 13
- Blue Ridge Parkway
- Greenstones
- Shenandoah Valley, Scree slopes
- Lichens and succession
Oct. 20
- Grand Caverns ($13 entry per student)
- Cave geology and ecology
- Karst topography
Oct. 27
- South River (Waynesboro)
- Aquatic ecology
- River vs. Spring communities

Instructor Bio:

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.

Course Number Instructor Dates Day Time Location Available
A32 Joe Keiper Sep 29, Oct 6, 13, 20, 27 Fr 10:00-11:30 am Homewood Suites WL

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