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FOCUS TOPICS:
  • CELLS
    • Cells: the basic unit of life, basic structures
    • Prokaryotes vs. eukaryotes
    • Introduce more organelles through Euglena (Euglenida, mitochondria, chloroplasts, etc.)
    • Compare Euglena to Bison (Bovinae, multicellular, different organelles)
    • Methanobacterium (Methanobacteria) in bison, note common prokaryotes in our guts, compare to T.aq. (Archaea vs. Eubacteria)
    • Brucella in bison vs. T.aq.
    • Staphylococcus (Gram +) on our skin vs. Brucella (Gram -)
    • All of these different types of cells and cell parts are made up of chemicals. Split them up into smaller and smaller pieces and you get down to the smallest chemicals, called atoms... then launch into chemistry
  • CHEMISTRY
  • CLASSIFICATION
  • PROKARYOTES
  • EUKARYOTES
  • MAMMALS
OTHER TOPICS:
  • Lodgepole Pine Forest (introduce plant communities and biomes, discuss forest types)
  • Western Hardwood Forest
  • Earth Structure
  • Plate Tectonics - Why hot spot, thus hot springs, exist
  • Introduction to Evolution
  • Biological Succession (fires)
  • Experience density at Salt Lake, defer explanation to Trip 8
ORGANISMS:
  • Aquificae Thermocrinus ruber
  • Thermotogae Thermophilic fermenters
  • Chloroflexi Green Non-Sulfur
  • Deinococcus-Thermus Thermus aquaticus - role in PCR
  • Cyanobacteria Blue-Green Algae
  • Bacteroidetes
  • Chrysiogenetes
  • Deferribacteres
  • Dictyoglomi
  • Acidobacteria
  • Fibrobacteres
  • Fusobacteria
  • Gemmatimonadetes
  • Nitrospirae
  • Thermodesulfobacteria
  • Thermomicrobia
  • Staphylococcus (Gram +)
  • Brucella (Gram -)
  • Crenarchaeota Extremely Thermophilic Archaebacteria
  • Halobacteria Halobacterium, Natronobacterium
  • Methanobacteria Methanobacterium
  • Korarchaeota
  • Nanoarchaeota
  • Diplomonadida Group
  • Euglenida Euglena
  • Branchiopoda Brine Shrimps, Water Fleas
  • Falconiformes Falcons, Hawks, Eagles, Vultures
  • Antilocapridae Pronghorn
  • Bovinae - Bison, Cows, Gaurs
  • Caprinae - Bighorn Sheep
  • Cervinae - Elk
  • Odocoileinae - Deer, Moose, Caribou
  • Canidae Wolves, Coyotes, Foxes
  • Felidae Mountain Lions, Bobcats
  • Mustelidae Otters, Weasels, Ferrets, Badgers
  • Procyonidae Racoons
  • Ursidae Bears
  • Castoridae Beavers
  • Geomyidae Northern Pocket Gopher
  • Erethizontidae Porcupines
  • Leporidae Rabbits, Hares
Image: Bison herd with the Fountain Paint Pots area in the background.


Trip 1 - Greater Yellowstone
  1. Wind River Range
  2. Yellowstone National Park
  3. Wasatch-Cache National Forest
  4. Great Salt Lake
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