December 27, 2022 - January 9, 2023
We will conduct multiple excursions in the area guided by locals to observe plants, birds, amphibians, reptiles, mammals, and many other unique features of this amazing forest. Each student will be given the opportunity to develop and implement a unique academic field project. Subjects can include biodiversity and other topics, working with a local tribe to understand their relationships with the environment, and investigate the conflict of natural resource extraction (oil) in one of the last untouched rainforests on Earth.
Students will enroll in 3 units of the following course credit:
RNR 495F/595F: Rainforest Biodiversity (3 units)
Cloud Forest Program Extension (Dec. 19 - Dec. 26, 2022): Available for an additional cost of $2,200
Investigate dry tropical forest, coastal wetlands, and some marine and island life during the 8-day program extension on Ecuador's Pacific Coast and the Cloud Forest at Mindo, located along the Pacific slopes of the Andes. All locations offer extraordinary wildlife and a species composition distinct from those on the eastern slopes of the Andes and the Amazon Rainforest. We will visit the Machalilla National Park and Isla de la Plata as well. No additional credit is offered for this program extension.
Suggested reading for this program: Savages by Joe Kane
Dr. Hans-Werner Herrmann
Research Scientist and Instructor, Wildlife Conservation and Management School of Natural Resources and the Environment
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