Short course revisits California's uniqueness

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Based on the popularity of last year’s event, we selected to keep the same theme for the 2005 UCMP Short Course, and we had another “sell-out” crowd. This year the topics featured:

  • 200 million years of seismic activity that has produced the landscapes and coastlines of California — Jere Lipps
  • A look at what the fossil record tells us about the dinosaurs that once lived in California — Dick Hilton
  • California’s incredibly diverse shark fauna, representing a combination of ancient taxa and recently-evolved species, and their coevolution with other marine organisms — Doug Long
  • Findings from an important re-survey of an area from the Central Valley through Yosemite National Park to Mono Lake, originally studied in the early 1900s — Jim Patton
  • The connection between the unique coastal climate of California and the biology of our State Tree, the coast redwood — Todd Dawson

Revisiting the uniqueness that is California

On Sunday, many participants joined Jere Lipps for a highly informative and enjoyable exploration of one of the most geologically dynamic places on Earth, the San Francisco Bay Area. At various stops from Berkeley to San Francisco to Pt. Reyes and Tomales, Jere provided information about the major geological processes that are responsible for producing local landforms and the diverse biological communities that they support. This year’s course was taped and will be televised on UCTV. Stay tuned to the UCMP website for information on the date and time of broadcast.
See some field trip photos on the next page.

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