International Education

O'Dowd Hall, Room 328
586 Pioneer Drive
Rochester, MI 48309-4482
(location map)
(248) 370-2889
ie@oakland.edu

Alex Zimmerman, Director
(248) 370-2843
azimmerman@oakland.edu

aerial view image of a woods in the fall with a lake in the background and the text "BIO3343 Earth and Life Coevolution in Canada"
For more information, contact:

Associate Professor Fabia U. Battistuzzi
battistu@oakland.edu

BIO 4900 Earth and Life Coevolution in Canada

Travel to the Upper Peninsula in Michigan and Ontario, Canada, for field-based experience on the coevolution of life and earth over long geological time scales where one of the world’s best rock records for these events is readily accessible.

Students interested in registering for this course will find it listed under the CRN 33515, Bio 4900 ST: Earth and Life Coevolution.

The program runs May 7 – June 4.

Where You
Will Be

The field experience group departs from Oakland University, traveling by van to the Sault Ste. Marie in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. The following days include travel to Ontario, Canada, for exploration in Wawa, Elliott Lake, Sudbury, Temagami and Cobalt. The group returns to Oakland University visiting two to four sites in Michigan along the way (to study recent evidence of glaciation events and fossiliferous beds).

What You Will
Do and Learn

The course format is six on-campus meetings followed by a one-week field trip. The field experience is on the coevolution of life and earth over long geological time scales (astrobiology). Students will observe, discuss, and analyze the geological record of planetary-scale glacial-interglacial events in relation to evolutionary innovations in life, climate change, microbial ecosystems and biogeochemical cycles.

What To
Bring

The list of things to bring includes hiking shoes, rain gear, bug repellent spray, wet-wipes, sunscreen, an umbrella, notebook and pencil, backpack, sunglasses, water bottle, a flashlight, and small plastic bags for rock samples. A complete list will be provided at the pre-departure meeting.

Requirements

Course prerequisites/co-requisite: BIO 1300 or CHEM 1440 or PHY 1060 or ENV 3090.

The field trip associated with this course will be a combination of driving, sometimes for multiple hours, and walking. Therefore, it requires an ability to walk and stand for at least one hour, walk on uneven surfaces, and carry basic field gear (i.e. backpack with water, rain gear, notebook, rock hammer).

A valid passport is required that expires no earlier than six months after the program ends.

Cost

Bio 4900 ST: Earth and Life Coevolution

May 7 - June 4, 2019

Number of Credits2   (Tuition not included in program cost)
Program Cost$1,865
Application depositTBD
MealsIncluded
ExcursionsIncluded
AirfareN/A
Books and suppliesIncluded
Extra costsTBD