A Day in Class: Wild Davis Course Gets First-Year Students Outside

Professor Phil Ward (front left, kneeling) and Ella Brydon (front right, kneeling) use a pooter to collect native ant species in the Arboretum while Professor Sharon Strauss, Isabelle Gilchrist and Xinyu Gao (back, left to right) look on. The collected ants will be contributed to the citizen science program School of Ants. Laci Gerhart-Barley
Professor Phil Ward (front left, kneeling) and Ella Brydon (front right, kneeling) use a pooter to collect native ant species in the Arboretum while Professor Sharon Strauss, Isabelle Gilchrist and Xinyu Gao (back, left to right) look on. The collected ants will be contributed to the citizen science program School of Ants. Laci Gerhart-Barley

By Greg Watry

"On a sunny spring afternoon, students in the First-Year Seminar class 'Wild Davis' ambled through the arboretum’s oak grove, inspecting the trees and their growths... There’s a lot to see on the UC Davis campus, and Department of Evolution and Ecology faculty Sharon Strauss and Laci Gerhart-Barley designed 'Wild Davis' with a simple goal: to connect new students, regardless of academic discipline, with the plants and animals that also call UC Davis home."

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