Description: A field-based course with overnight and day trips to natural areas in the Bay Area and coastal California. Field trips and lectures emphasize natural history of California organisms and field research methods to study global climate change as well as preparing students for careers in ecology, evolutionary biology and conservation. There will be four field trips. Two of these field trips are day trips and two of these trips will involve weekends. Vans to transport students to field trips which will be driven by the instructors and the GSI. Camping equipment will be provided.