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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 at predetermined field sites to learn basic field identifications of geological and biological features of the landscape, and learn about why this region is unique ecologically. Transportation will not be provided. The first day's class will be lecture from 11:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m., but field trips begin at 11:00 a.m. and could take as long as 2-3 hours to complete. More information will be provided in the first class. Note: This course does not meet on Friday, November 23.

Instructor Bio:

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. Curator of Geology James Beard is the author of over 50 peer-reviewed papers on the mantle beneath the world’s oceans and the processes of continental crust formation. He 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.

Required Reading:

Appropriate clothing for weather, including sturdy walking shoes. Suggested materials include a hand lens or loupe, and a pair of binoculars.

Recommended Reading:

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.

Course Number Instructor Dates Day Time Location Available
B502 Joe Keiper Nov 2, 9, 16, 30, Dec 7 Fr 11:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Homewood Suites WL

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