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UC Davis’ Center for Watershed Sciences has been taking students on journeys down the Colorado River in the Grand Canyon since 2003. The class in ecogeomorphology — a mashup of ecology, geology and morphology — aims to foster interdisciplinary collaboration among scientists. In two groups, the class rafts a total of 225 miles, making the most of the outdoor classroom and testing hypotheses along the way. The Roy J. Shlemon Chair in Applied Geosciences, currently held by Nicholas Pinter in the Department of Earth and Physical Sciences, partially funds the trip.

UC Davis students and faculty get an unconventional view of the Grand Canyon.

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