Course Catalog Description

Through lectures, laboratories and an intense multi-day field survey students learn about insect diversity, natural history and evolution.  Also covered are the roles of biological collections and proper physical and digital curation for modern biodiversity research.  The multi-day survey takes place in the two weeks prior to the start of fall term at a remote field station in the Pacific Northwest. 


Field Survey Information:

The field survey is a unique and important part of this course.  The survey will get students out into the field, where they will explore a variety of habitats in the proximity of some field station in the Pacific Northwest.  Accommodations will vary depending on the field station chosen during a particular year and may include setting up camp and working in relatively remote areas.  

  • FieldTrip: September 9th-15th 
  • Five (5) Survey Specimen Prep Laboratory Sessions: 9am-noon Sept. 16, 17, 18, 21, 22)


Enrollment in Z475 is by application only -- you can download an application here:


Z-475 application (undergrad) 


Graduate students wishing to take Z-575 do not need to apply, but should still fill out the form below

Z-575 application (grad) 


Turn your application into Cordley 3029

2015/2016 Field Survey:  H.J. Andews Experimental Forest, Blue River Oregon.

2017/2018: TBD