Leave the classroom behind. Join us for an in-the-field exploration of tropical animal and plant biodiversity taking place in the Galapagos and the Amazon.
Tropical ecosystems exhibit an amazing degree of biodiversity and species richness. Although these regions all share geographical proximity to the equator, they take diverse forms ranging from mountain highlands and rainforests to island archipelagos and marine environments. This course will explore the diversity of tropical ecosystems, illustrate the array of species that inhabit them, attempt to explain the ecological foundations of how and why these areas exhibit such richness, and illustrate the importance of these regions in terms of global biodiversity and conservation. We will explore a variety of tropical ecosystems using the Tiputini Biological Station in the Ecuadorian Amazon as a base for terrestrial and rainforest studies and the Galapagos Academic Institute for the Arts and Sciences in the Galapagos Islands to focus on islands biogeography and marine ecology. Students will take part in traditional academics and activity-based experiential learning, and will learn about ecological research methodology from local scientists and visiting field researchers.
“I’m going home with a deeper, more sincere, intimate connection to my environment— because I came on this trip.” — Sydney Linder, Providence, RI
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- 3 College Credits
- 35 Community Service Hours
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- Experience Required
- Minimum 18 years old
- High school Graduate
- High school or college Biology
- Minimum GPA: 2.50
- Completed at least one semester at college or graduated high school over a year ago