Southwestern Research Station


**Student must be 18 or older to enroll

Summer Course

BIO S324 will be offered during Summer 2018 as a 3-week, 4 unit course. Students will have hands-on experience in the biodiversity of amphibians and reptiles of the California Central Coast as well as Southern Arizona and New Mexico.

Professor Emily Taylor, Ph.D. and Professor Hayley Crowell will lead a group of students in an interactive study of reptiles and amphibians, including lectures, field trips, and labs. The first week of class (July 17-20) will be held on the Cal Poly campus in San Luis Obispo, California. On July 22 students will travel to the Southwestern Research Station (SWRS) in Portal, AZ, a field station under the direction of the American Museum of Natural History. For the second week (July 23-26) students will research and learn in one of the most biologically rich environments in the United States. On Friday, July 27 students return to San Luis Obispo. The last week (July 30-August 3), class will be held on the Cal Poly campus in San Luis Obispo, California.

Included: Six days room and board at Southwestern Research Station, airport pick up and drop off at Tucson International Airport, and several field trips.

Not included: Round trip transportation to and from Tucson International Airport in AZ, room and board in San Luis Obispo.

Note: Collection of specimens during the course will be confined to instructors; no private collecting is permitted.

Herpetology: Course Info

Course Number Name Instructor Units Prerequisites Duration Dates : Location Fees Enroll Here
BIO S324 Herpetology Dr. Emily Taylor &
Hayley Crowell
4 BIO 160 and BIO 162 3 Weeks July 17-20 & June 30 - August 3 : Cal Poly
July 23-27 : Southwestern Research Station in Portal, AZ
$1989* Enroll Now

*$100.00 non-refundable deposits required within three days of registration

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About the Location

The Southwestern Research Station (SWRS) in Portal, AZ is a year-round field station under the direction of the Science Department at the American Museum of Natural History (New York, NY). Since 1955, it has served biologists, geologists, and anthropologists interested in studying the diverse environments and biotas of the Chiricahua Mountains in southeastern Arizona.

The Station welcomes scientists and advanced students from all parts of the country and abroad to carry out their research projects. Researchers live in comfortable cabins or dorm rooms provided with linens and blankets, and take their meals (cafeteria-style) in the pleasant atmosphere of a common dining room. The Main House contains our dining room, computers and public phone in the dining hall porch, and the Social Room with a fireplace. Outside is a large reservoir available for swimming on occasion, volleyball court, and horseshoe pit. The area is laced with trails for hiking and climbing among spectacular scenery. The Station is open year-round, but scientists must cook for themselves from early November through the end of February. Facilities in the Osborn Memorial Laboratory complex include a library, insect collection, herbarium, vertebrate collections, etc. Completed in 1992, the Technical Equipment Laboratory provides excellent microscopic facilities, constant temperature chambers, chemical hood, precision balances, centrifuges, etc. Outdoor animal pens and an Animal Behavior Observatory offer outstanding facilities for behavioral ecology studies.

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Getting There

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