Instructors: Dr. Steve Lougheed
Department of Biology
Queen's University, Kingston Ontario Canada
Telephone: 001-613-533-6128
Web Page
M. en C. Jesús Vargas Soriano
Universidad Autónoma de Campeche
Centro de Estudios de Desarrollo Sustentable y Aprovechamiento de la Vida Silvestre,
Tel. 981-811-9800 x. 62503

Dr. Javier Salgado Ortiz
Laboratorio de Ornitologia,
Facultad de Biologia,
Universidad Michoacana de San Nicolas de Hidalgo, Morelia, Michoacan
Tel:443-322-3500 x. 4221

TA: Adriana Lopez. Dept. Biology, Queen's University, Bioscience Rm. 4445a email

Synopsis: This course provides students with an introduction to field ecology and conservation in Mexico. Seminars, class discussions, guest lectures, and field exercises will provide overviews of the geological and natural history of Mexican biota, an introduction to different habitats and techniques for assessment of biological diversity, an overview of the scientific method, and conservation issues in the Latin and North America generally and Mexcio specifically. We even provide an introduction to Spanish with a handout of useful words and phrases! We plan to visit two locations in the Yucatan and a handful of other sites as our schedule permits. These field sites will serve as geographic foci for group research projects designed in consultation with the instructors. In addition class fieldwork will provide introductions to some of the typical, rare and endemic flora and fauna of the region.

Dates: 19 February - 5 March 2011 (approx. 2 weeks)

Locations: Celestun Biological Station, Calakmul Biosphere Reserve

Admission: If number of application exceeds available space, admission will be allocated according to the following priorities: 1) Credit over non-credit, 2) Graduate over undergraduate, 3) Year in program, 4) Order of application.

Enrollment: 19 Canadian students (2011) + 4-6 Mexican students

Assignments: (a) pre-trip seminars based on selected topics; to be presented in January and early February 2011
(b) field notebook recording field observations, results etc.
(c) seminar relating results from your group projects.
(d) participation including asking questions during class discussions and peer seminars, and involvement in group activities.
(e) written report (10-12 pages) based on group projects - to be submitted one month after our return on 5 March 2011.

Evaluation: Pre-trip Seminar 25%
Field Book 20%
Group Project Seminar 15%
Participation 10%
Written Report 30%