Teaching Biocomplexity in the Geosciences Workshop

April 2 - 5, 2003
Chico Hot Springs Resort - Pray, Montana

This workshop was intended to provide the first steps towards addressing the questions of "where" and "how" we are teaching biocomplexity in the geoscience undergraduate curriculum. From instructional modules in introductory physical geology/geography or Earth system science courses to upper division courses or seminars, there is an increasing interest in integrating biocomplexity in the geoscience curriculum.

The workshop was held at Chico Hot Springs Resort (just north of Yellowstone National Park). Workshop activities included small group discussions and planning/writing sessions to determine the next steps towards the creation of biocomplexity instructional materials for the geosciences. Workshop activities included opportunities to demonstrate and share current educational activities about biocomplexity and a one-day field trip to Yellowstone National Park to explore biocomplexity at Mammoth Hot Springs and the northern range ecosystem.

Applications were invited from individuals who have active interests in teaching and research about biocomplexity from all institutions of higher learning (e.g. 2YC, liberal arts colleges, comprehensive and research universities), and from all academic ranks. Participants are expected to contribute to follow-on activities identified at the workshop. This workshop was funded by a grant from the National Science Foundation.

Workshop Resources


David Mogk - Montana State University
Susan Humphris - Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution
David McGinnis - Idaho State University

This workshop is part of the program On the Cutting Edge - Workshops for Geoscience Faculty, supported by the National Association of Geoscience Teachers and DLESE with funding provided by a grant from the National Science Foundation-Division of Undergraduate Education .

Learn more about NSF funding opportunities for biocomplexity in the environment (more info)