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Desert Ecology of Tucson, AZ for Bio109
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Spring 2016
CRN 20616: TTh 8:40-11:20 am, K-133
(subject to change)
Instructor Information
Dr. Brad Fiero
West Campus, 206-6897
Office Hours: MW 9:30-11:00 am & TTh 12:00 - 1:00 pm. Also by appointment.
Please always include your name and "Bio109" in the subject line of all email sent to me.
Course Information

Syllabus and Schedule
Grades | Grading Rubrics

Lecture/Lab Packet (Word)
MyPima (go here for PowerPoints)
Species List
Self Quizzes

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Mini Lecture | Mini Lecture Signup
Natural History Event
(extra credit)
Bird Songs

Website: Desert Ecology of Tucson AZ for 109
Tips for PowerPoint presentations
Plagiarism | How to Cite Sources
Copyright Compliance
Fail-Safe Study Technique
PowerPoint Viewer download site
Test Center Guidelines
Excel Statistics file | Statistics PowerPoint
Web statistics: QuickCalcs -- choose categorical for chi square and continuous for t-test.


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Course Description: Study of the common plants and animals of the southwest. Includes their distribution, adaptation, behavior and ecology. Also includes physical geography and geological principles of the region.

Student Learning Outcomes: Upon completion of the course, the student will be able to do the following:

  1. Apply basic geological principles to interpret the physical setting of the Southwest.
  2. Apply meteorological and biological principles to describe the formation of the major biotic communities in the Southwest.
  3. Describe major desert adaptations and the process of natural selection.
  4. Identify common plants and animals of the Southwest.
  5. Integrate basic biological principles and specific natural history information into an understanding of the common plants and animals of the Southwest.
  6. Demonstrate skills necessary for life-long learning of natural history, including conducting scientific research.