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Ecuador: Insects and Animals of Ecuador and the Galápagos Islands

Ecuador: Insects and Animals of Ecuador and the Galápagos Islands

Discover Ecuador and the Galápagos Islands through this pair of limited-enrollment courses that combine lectures, field studies, and laboratory work with an active travel schedule through one of the world’s premier centers of biodiversity.

About the Program

Students of this program will visit many tropical locations, including:

  • Quito
  • Galápagos
  • Maquipucuna Reserve
  • Las Peña
  • Playa de Oro
  • Otavalo

Quick Facts

Dates: 
Maymester 2018

Estimated Program Fee: 
$5,000 + Tuition and Fees + Airfare

Courses:
ENTO 3140L, BIOL 3720L

Application Deadline:
TBD


After on-campus orientation, the group flies into the capital city of Quito, then spends a week boating to diverse sites among the Galápagos Islands. On the equatorial mainland, students will hike the cloud forests of the Maquipucuna Reserve and explore the port city of Esmeraldas (with a visit to the strictly boat-accessible Playa de Oro) and the high-altitude historic city of Otavalo, world-renown for its handwoven textiles.

During morning and night hikes in the tropical jungle, students will capture insects with both digital macro photography and nets, bringing samples back into the laboratory to learn preservation and identification techniques.

For the students studying tropical animal natural history and behavior, the field animal behavior course emphasizes principles, methods, and techniques through observation and non-invasive experimentation with animals from the region’s unique and diverse habitats.

Students observing native and migrant insects of the Galapagos Islands

Students observing native and migrant insects of the Galapagos Islands

The Galápagos Islands are often called a “living museum” and are a melting pot of marine species

The Galápagos Islands are often called a “living museum” and are a melting pot of marine species

Learn about Ecuador’s native insect species and their effect on biodiversity

Learn about Ecuador’s native insect species and their effect on biodiversity

Visit one of the most beautiful places on earth, the Galápagos Islands, situated in the Pacific Ocean some 1,000 km from the South American continent

Visit one of the most beautiful places on earth, the Galápagos Islands, situated in the Pacific Ocean some 1,000 km from the South American continent

: Experience the natural beauty and wildlife of the Galápagos Islands

: Experience the natural beauty and wildlife of the Galápagos Islands

Learn about Ecuador’s native insect species and their effect on biodiversity

Learn about Ecuador’s native insect species and their effect on biodiversity

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