Desert Tortoise Conservation Biology

Desert Tortoise Conservation Biology

Course Number: BIOL X412.18

1 units

A seminar investigating major issues in the conservation biology of the desert tortoise, designed to develop an understanding of its anatomy, physiology, and ecology, as well as an appreciation of the tortoise's relationship to humans and the environment. Integrated laboratory and field activities in the campus tortoise preserve explore the current methods, techniques, and skills used in desert tortoise conservation biology.

Activities include:

  • multimedia lectures
  • presentations of current issues
  • small group discussions.
  • field surveys
  • instruction in survey techniques and equipment
  • microscopic specimen preparation and observation
  • health assessment of tortoises
  • measurement of tortoise morphological parameters
  • use of taxonomic keys

Knowledge of the principles of conservation biology and their practical application are stressed.  

Available Sections

Starting Mar 23


Starting Mar 23

Course Fees

No Fee Specified


Paul Delaney [ bio ]

close [x] Paul Delaney, Ph.D., Biology Professor and Chair, Science and Mathematics Division, Copper Mountain College, is an avid nature photographer with particular interest in macro photography as a tool for exploring biodiversity of Southern Californian deserts and ranges. Dr. Delaney is also an expert on the desert tortoise, teaching classes at the Desert Institute in Joshua Tree National Park on how to monitor and protect the tortoise population, as well as managing a desert tortoise preserve in the Mojave Desert.


Sat 8:00 am-6:00 pm
Mar 23, 2019

Students are to register through the Desert Institute at JTNP. 760-367-5535; email or visit

1 Meeting

Online Enrollment not available for this course. Please see section notes for instructions on how to enroll.


Desert Institute

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Section Notes:

Students must register through the Desert Institute at JTNP. 760-367-5535. Specify if enrolling for credit.


No Textbook Required.


Applicable Certificates

Available Sections


Section No.: 184CPD102

Dates: Mar 23, 2019

Time: 8:00 am-6:00 pm

Instructor: Paul Delaney

Textbook: No Textbook Required

Location: Desert Institute

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