The Evolutionary & Conservation Importance of Short-Range Endemic Arachnids from Desert Habitats

Date: 
Friday, March 18, 2016 - 7:30pm to Saturday, March 19, 2016 - 3:00pm

 

The Evolutionary & Conservation Importance of Short-Range Endemic Arachnids from Desert Habitats

March 18-19, 2016

Instructor: Dr. Marshal Hedin, Professor, Department of Biology, San Diego State University

Photo: Marshal Hedin

Short-range endemic (SRE) taxa are defined as species or higher taxa with naturally small geographic distributions. These naturally small distributions make SRE taxa interesting subjects for biogeographic and evolutionary studies. At the same time, small distributions imply natural conservation risk, particularly when dispersal is constrained. This lecture will highlight SRE arachnids from California, focusing in particular on several microendemic species from ABDSP.

On a fieldtrip we'll try to find some of these cryptic arachnids. The field class will be limited to 12 participants.

Hike Level: Easy to moderate. Participants should wear sturdy shoes.

Class Schedule and Pricing

Friday Lecture
7:30-9:00 p.m.
$5 at the door; open to the public

Steele/Burnand Anza-Borrego Desert Research Center
401 Tilting T Drive
Borrego Springs
Saturday Field Class
8:00 a.m.- 3:00 p.m.
$60 - Public Rate (includes lecture)
$50 - ABF Member Rate (includes lecture)

ABF Office
587 Palm Canyon Drive #110
Borrego Springs