Programs : Brochure
- Locations: Iguazu Falls, Brazil; Teodoro Sampaio, Brazil
- Terms: Summer: May
- Dates / Deadlines
|Click here for a definition of this term Program Features:||Faculty-Led Global Seminar, Field Study||Click here for a definition of this term Areas of Study:||Biological Sciences, Biology (Ecology & Evolutionary), Environmental Studies|
|Click here for a definition of this term GPA Access Abroad eligible?:||Yes||Click here for a definition of this term GPA at time of application:||2.5|
|Click here for a definition of this term Minimum Class Standing (at program start):||Sophomore||Click here for a definition of this term Course Prerequisite(s):||2000-level coursework in Natural Sciences|
|Click here for a definition of this term Housing:||Residence Hall||Click here for a definition of this term Open to students from:||All CU Campuses (UCB/UCD/UCCS), Any U.S. Institution, CU Boulder|
|Click here for a definition of this term Language(s) of Instruction:||English||Click here for a definition of this term Course Load for Summer/Winter Program:||4 credits|
|Click here for a definition of this term Length of Summer/Winter Program:||3 Weeks, May term||Host Institution:||Instituto de Pesquisas Ecológicas|
|Click here for a definition of this term Estimated Total Costs:||$$|
Learn about Brazil's other tropical forest — the Atlantic Forest, a threatened center of faunal and floral biodiversity
Participate in individual and group projects related to on-going, fully-operational conservation programs that couple biological understanding with practice
Participate in local cultural activities
Travel to and spend 7 days in Brazil's Iguaçu National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, protecting a half million acres of Atlantic Rain Forest
Earn 4 credits in two and a half weeks
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Our host institution is the Instituto de Pesquisas Ecológicas (IPÊ; Institute of Ecological Research), one of Brazil's largest environmental non-governmental organizations. IPÊ operates integrated local community conservation programs throughout Brazil. The course is located at one of their sites in the Atlantic Forest, the Pontal do Paranapanema, a rural area in São Paulo state. This location provides both the socio-ecological context and institutional infrastructure to successfully learn about on-the-ground conservation solutions. This course takes place at the beginning of southeastern Brazil's 'dry season'–a time when summer rains have largely abated.
You will be housed in a modern residence in a rural setting and at the National Park's research station. All meals, including Welcome & Farewell Dinners, are are provided.
You are responsible for making your own transportation arrangements to Brazil and back. Note that most flights from/to the US are overnight flights, so you will likely leave the US the day prior to the official program start date. Departures on the official program end date will likely mean a US return on the following day because of overnight flights.
Transportation to and from the airport and for all site visits is included in the program fee.
This field course will be held in a 'conservation crisis' setting, Brazil's Atlantic Forest. This biome is one of Conservation International's Biodiversity Hotspots, with only 5-7% of its original extent remaining. Because the remaining forest is largely in human-dominated landscapes, successful conservation practice can only occur jointly with efforts to alleviate socioeconomic issues. This course will utilize on-going, fully-operational conservation programs that couple biological understanding with practice. These provide an opportunity for you to learn by participating in these activities through individual and group projects.
Classes will be held, first, at IPÊ's research center in the Pontal do Paranapanema region of western São Paulo state and then in Iguaçu Falls National Park (Brazil). Guest lecturers will be IPÊ research scientists and government environmental agency personnel. This is a three-credit course that meets EBIO Lab/Field and 4000-course major requirements and ENVS's application and specialization requirements. All lectures, report presentations, and exams are in English.
Dr. Tim Kittel has over thirty years of professional experience in global comparative ecosystem and climate geography. The Global Seminar's focus on conservation in practice derives from his academic expertise in teaching overseas field courses and from collaborations with scientists and managers of natural areas in Latin America. Since 2000, he has been teaching a 5-week summer field course on "Conservation Biology and Field Methods in Ecology" for Columbia University. He has directed this course abroad in Brazil, the Dominican Republic, and Puerto Rico. Dr. Kittel also teaches a Winter Ecology field course at CU's Mountain Research Station. Click here to view his web page.
The program includes a community lunch in IPÊ's rural neighborhood. This is a chance for the community to welcome students and for you to learn directly about rural life in this part of Brazil. Course staff will serve as translators. The course schedule is intense, but includes some opportunities to visit cultural sites. You are encouraged to plan to spend time on your own before or after the class to get to know more of Brazil.
Under program costs, select Brazil/Teodor Sampaio & Iguazu Falls/Summer 2018
Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program (UROP) Grants: (up to $2,400/project) for undergraduate research or creative work projects including projects while studying abroad. Application, detailed descriptions, project archive (to get project ideas) are available on the UROP website. Application deadline is EARLY - usually in late February/early March.
|Term||Year||App Deadline||App Review Begins||Start Date||End Date|
|Summer: May||2018||26-NOV-2017 **||Variable||14-MAY-2018||31-MAY-2018|
|NOTE: Dates on this page are for information only; final dates will be confirmed with participants after acceptance to the program. Do not purchase airfare until instructed to do so by your Program Manager. The Start Date indicates the day participants arrive at the program location; the End Date indicates the day participants depart from the program location.|
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