Death Valley 2020 Field School

Welcome to the UNBC Geography 2020 Death Valley Field School site!

Death Valley

Join us in the mountain and desert landscapes of the southwestern US, where we will explore Death Valley, Owens Valley, and the eastern Sierra Nevada mountains. Students of both physical and human geography will describe, collect, and analyse features related to water resources, geology, geomorphology, climate and so on.


Eligibility and Participation

This field school is for all levels of UNBC undergraduate and graduate students. Students from outside the UNBC community are also welcome to join us, and course credits are transferable under the Western Deans' Agreement. We will facilitate the participation of off-campus students via Skype/BlueJeans before our departure.

To indicate your interest in the field school and to receive email updates, please complete the 2020 Application Form and return to one of the instructors in person, via email, or by dropping it off at the Geography Office (8-149).


Instructors

Brian Menounos

Dr. Brian Menounos
Email: brian.menounos@unbc.ca
Internet: http://couplet.unbc.ca/

Neil Hanlon

Dr. Neil Hanlon
Email: neil.hanlon@unbc.ca
Internet: https://www.unbc.ca/neil-hanlon


Key Details

  • Where: UNBC-Prince George Campus & Basin and Range regiona (Nevada and south-eastern California)
  • When: 27 April - 1 May 2020 (Prince George) and 3-13 May (field). Students will also continue to work on assignments after the field school (see course outlines for details).
  • Who: Undergraduate/Graduate students with interests in geology, geomorphology, geospatial data, landscape change, political ecology, water resources, water governance, developing practical field skills, and experiential learning.
  • How: Students are responsible for their travel to and from Las Vegas, NV. Details on meeting place and time will be confirmed closer to the date of departure. All food, accommodation, and transportation will be organized by the instructors and covered by course fees.
  • Cost: Standard tuition fees + course fees ($1200) + personal travel to/from Las Vegas, NV
  • Official registration will open in February 2020

Field School Courses

Undergraduate students must take GEOG 333. First or second-year students must also take at least one GEOG 298, and upper-level students must take at least one special topics course (GEOG 498). Students are encouraged to join both 298/498 courses.

Graduate students must take NRES 763 and at least one NRES 798. Graduate students are encouraged to join both 798 courses.

Undergraduates:

All students: GEOG 333-3 Geography Field School PLUS
(1st or 2nd year): GEOG 298-3: Socio-cultural dimensions of landscape transformation AND/OR
(1st or 2nd year): GEOG 298-3: Geology, geomorphology, and hydroclimate of the American Southwest

(3rd or 4th year): GEOG 498-3: Political ecology of landscape change in the US Southwest AND/OR
(3rd or 4th year): GEOG 498-3: Geology, geomorphology, and hydroclimate of the American Southwest

Graduate Students:

NRES 763-3: Geography Field School PLUS
NRES 798-3: Geology, geomorphology, and hydroclimate of the American Southwest AND/OR
NRES 798-3: Political ecology of landscape change in the US Southwest

Course Outlines (tentative) available here:

GEOG 333 / NRES 763 Geography Field School