Cal Poly Pomona

Field-Courses in Environmental Biology

To study the environment, one must go..... to the rainforests, the chaparral, marine and riverine communities, the mountains and deserts and many places in between. Cal Poly Pomona students and faculty have a multitude of ecosystems to explore right here on Campus and in southern California. In addition, many students have visited Venezuela, Brazil, Costa Rica, the Galápagos Islands, and other tropical locales over the years for education and research.

Classes with Field -Work

BIO 416L Field Studies in Baja. Glenn Stewart, Chris George and Laszlo Szijj.

BIO 415L - Field Studies in the Southwest - a one-week field trip to the Chiricahua Mts. of southeastern Arizona. Course includes an introduction to the field ecology of the area; and field research projects involving species diversity and community organization.

BIO 532L Tropical Field Biology, Glenn Stewart, Chris George and Laszlo Szijj.

ZOO 329/329L Ornithology: Basic biology of birds, including taxonomy, phylogeny, physiology, anatomy, behavior, and ecology.

ZOO 430/430L Mammalogy - lab work and field trips emphasize identification and biology of native mammals, Glenn Stewart

BIO 691/692 Costa Rica Field Biology Independent Studies. This graduate level Biological Sciences Independent Studies course will be run concurrently with the Geology & Tectonics Field Module. Through directed field projects, students will examine the ecosystems of Costa Rica’s central volcanic cordillera (Tropical Cloud Forest) and northwest Pacific coast (Tropical Dry Forest). Projects will include studies of: 1) bird populations (avian guilds), 2) ant foraging behavior, and 3) nocturnal frog calling. Project results will be compiled in final written reports and summarized in oral presentations. All participants are required to attend a series of planning meetings before the trip.

Opportunities for International Field -Work

  • The faculties of the Biological Sciences Department andl of the Universidad Central de Venezuela, Caracas, are jointly doing two field courses, The Ecology of Southern California and Tropical Field Biology in Venezuela.
  • Drs. Szijj and Stewart are preparing to lead an ecotour to the Galapagos Islands (their fourth one!) August 29 to September 9, 2007.
  • Dr. Baskin is planning a research expedition with Auburn University to Guyana (former British Guyana) to find rare and undescribed catfishes, and determine their habitat, scheduled in November 2007. In 2001, Dr Baskin did a similar trip to Venezuela with American Museum (see his web page) that resulted in the discovery and publication on similar odd catfishes, some parasites on other fishes, and other weird stuff.