(Photo by Mark Schmitter ’12)

On a mission to Moab: Travel-learning course contrasts environments

Professor Laurie Anderson’s “BOMI 344 — Plant Communities and Ecosystems” travel-learning course explored the interactions between plants and their environment. The upper-level course combined lectures and lab work, including a trip to Moab, Utah, during mid-semester break in October. Students were able to contrast the desert plant communities in the red-rock canyon lands, as well as the pinyon-juniper woodlands and subalpine forests there, with the environment in Ohio and observe how plant communities change and adapt along an elevational gradient. And the view wasn’t half bad, either. (To learn more about these and other OWU Connection opportunities, visit owu.edu/connection.)

(Clockwise from lower left) Nathan Amador Rowley, assistant professor of geology-geography; Laurie Anderson, professor of botany/microbiology, Tyler Sink ’19, Makaila Weir ’21, Delanie Baker ’19, and Peyton Hardesty ’20 on the La Sal Range in southeastern Utah.

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