Monday, May 27, 2013

Insect Biodiversity Field Course

For the last couple of weeks, I have been in Junction, Texas at the South Llano River Field Station (operated by Texas Tech University) teaching a two week intersession course in Forest and Rangeland Insect Biodiversity to eight enthusiastic and bright students.

The South Llano River Field Station is a unique and valuable resource at Texas Tech.  My students consistently say that the field courses offered at the Station are the highlight of their college experience. In addition to my Insect Biodiversity course, courses in Herpetology, Ornithology, Mammalogy, Physical Geography, and Poetry run concurrently.

The Insect Biodiversity course includes activities such as black lighting, aquatic insect collecting (a kayak trip!), field trips to local wildlife management areas and ranches, insect taxonomy, and the production of an insect collection.

Here are a few photos from the course:


Students collect specimens at the Kerr WMA, Kerrville, TX

Bees and beetles on thistle (RM Verble 2013)

2013 Insect Biodiversity students


Students collect insect at a private ranch in Sonora, TX

Newby Ranch, managed by Keith Blair is an exemplary model for natural resource management.
You can check out his webpage and work here.