Sign up for the 2018 Ecogeomorpohology Grand Canyon Expedition Class

The Colorado River, as it passes through Grand Canyon National Park, provides an ideal setting for a multidisciplinary graduate seminar. The river has exhumed the rocks of the Colorado Plateau, revealing more than a billion years of geologic and evolutionary history. Until the arrival of the Bureau of Reclamation, the river was a large, volatile desert river with highly specialized riparian and aquatic fauna well adapted for its unique conditions. Today, this same river is highly regulated for water supply and hydropower. The geomorphic and ecologic response to this flow regulation is an internationally renowned case study for the difficulties inherent in managing for conflicting environmental, economic and recreation goals.

Nicholas Pinter and Mark Schwartz plan to conduct a graduate seminar on the Grand Canyon during Winter Quarter 2018. With the consent of the National Park Service, we will attempt to secure a launch date during March 2018 (NOT 2017) for an optional private trip to accompany the UC Davis class. To do this, we are going to pool resources through multiple applications for the annual lottery to be held in early 2017. We are accepting applications from 20-25 graduate students who are interested in joining this class and the associated trip. Carson Jeffres and other UC Davis researchers and faculty will join Pinter and Schwartz for the field trip.

How to Apply: If you want to join this course, please join the SmartSite “2018 Grand Canyon River Course”. The deadline to join the SmartSite is February 10th. (Login to smartsite > Membership > Search 2018 Grand Canyon River Course > Click Join)

To join this class you must be a current graduate student, willing to give up 10 days in mid-to late-March of 2018. In addition, trip participants must enroll in a three-unit graduate seminar in Winter Quarter of 2018. The class will be split into two groups of ~10 students each. One group will raft down the river from the put-in at Lees Ferry to Phantom Ranch, where they will hike out of the Canyon. The second group will hike in at Phantom Ranch and take out at Diamond Creek.

Three caveats:

  1. you have to be able to miss some school late in Winter Quarter
  2. know that March can be a finicky time in the Canyon with warm, mild days, and very cold, wet, windy days
  3. although our likelihood of success in securing the permit is good, there is no guarantee.

View the full course flyer here.

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