Image: Banner image of campus logo Merritt College

This Could Be Your Classroom If You Enroll Now for Islands of California (BIOL 62S). Starts March 13; Three Spaces Left!

10 February 2019

California’s islands are one of the Golden State’s best-kept secrets–but not for long! Come and learn the geology, ecology, and biology of three major archpelagoes: the Channel Islands off the coast of Southern California (a national park), the Farallon Islands, and the San Francisco Bay Islands. The course includes classroom lectures and weekend field trips to Santa Cruz Island (the largest of the Channel Islands), Angel Island, and the little-visited Brooks Island, part of the East Bay Regional Park District.

Your guide and instructor will be Brad Balukjian, who became fascinated by islands beginning at the age of six and spent his childhood running around the woods and collecting bugs. Claiming that he’s never grown up, he continued to do just that throughout his college years and adulthood, earning a bachelor’s degee in island biogeography from Duke University and a Ph.D. in entomology from UC Berkeley and then sharing his expertise and passion with thousands of students. (Check out his impressive background at

So enroll now in BIOL 62S, Course Number 23388, as space is limited. The class meets Wednesdays, 6-7:50 PM, from 3/13-5/15. Field trips are: 4/14 from 9 AM-5:50 PM; 5/5 from 1-4:50 PM; and 5/11 from 10 AM-4:50 PM.

You can find out more about the class HERE, apply and/or enroll in the class HERE, and contact the instructor for any questions or more information at

[ Administrator: Edit ]


Filed under: news