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Chautauqua Course DAY-13


Geology and Ecology of the Colorado Western Slope


DONALD SULLIVAN, University of Denver

P. KELLY WILLIAMS, University of Dayton


Late July, 2015 in Grand Junction CO and Moab UT Apply: DAY


Note: This course will run from early morning to late evening each day. Estimated cost for lodging is about $88 per person per day in a single, half in a double. This course has a course fee of $495 (in addition to the $100 application fee) which covers field trip costs and other course related expenses. Optional reduced rate lodging will be offered to early applicants. Also see the Front Range course, DAY-18, which occurs immediately before this one. For those in both courses, rides are offered from the first to the second.


This five-day course will examine several geological features and ecological communities on the Western Slope of the Colorado Rockies. Geological features will be examined in the context of an ecological transition zone from the lowland and canyon riparian communities along the Colorado River to the high elevations of the Grand Mesa. Field sites will include the Grand Valley of the Colorado River, the Grand Mesa lava flows, the Book Cliffs, the Uncompaghre Plateau, the La Sal Mountains and Arches and Canyonlands National Parks. Ecological communities occurring in this diverse geological setting such as sagebrush steppe, saltbush-greasewood, juniper-pinyon forest, gambel oak woodlands, montane and subalpine life zones including subalpine fens will be visited.


Photographic images and the course schedule can be found on the web at: click on Colorado Chautauqua Course.

For college teachers of: biology, geology and other disciplines. The course will be offered at a general level. Prerequisites: none.



Tentative Costs for 2015

Application fee: $100

Course fee: $495 [Due in April 2015]

Optional on-site lodging: approximately $94 per person per night in a single, $47 double



Dr. Sullivan is an Associate Professor of Geography at the University of Denver. His research interests involve the reconstruction of past vegetation and climates through paleoecological studies. He has extensive experience in field sites in Colorado and western Turkey. Dr. Williams is Professor of Biology at the University of Dayton. His research interests have focused upon small mammal population ecology and evolution of mole salamanders. Dr. Williams has extensive interest in science education at all levels including the instruction of Ecology of the Rockies, and Ecology and Geology of the Colorado Front Range in the Chautauqua program.



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