Programs : Brochure
- Locations: Galápagos Islands, Ecuador
- Terms: Winter
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|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:||EBIO: Ecology/Evolutionary, Environmental Studies|
|Click here for a definition of this term Additional Search Options:||GPA Access Abroad eligible||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):||Second-semester sophomore||Click here for a definition of this term Program Prerequisite(s):||1 Semester of College-Level Biology|
|Click here for a definition of this term Housing:||Hotel/Hostel||Click here for a definition of this term Open to students from:||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:||3 credits|
|Click here for a definition of this term Length of Summer/Winter Program:||2 Weeks||Click here for a definition of this term Estimated Total Costs:||$$|
The program starts in Quito, Ecuador's capital where you will visit the Bellavista Cloud Forest Reserve. Then the group will fly to the Galapagos Islands. Located in the Pacific Ocean, directly on the equator and approximately 1000 km off the coast of Ecuador, the Galápagos Islands are rich in biodiversity and a showcase of evolution. Over the course of the program you will visit Floreana Island, Isabela Island, and Santa Cruz Island.
Upon arrival, you will spend two nights in a hotel in Quito, Ecuador. You will then fly to the Galápagos Islands where you will stay in hotels or cabins on the beach. Most meals are provided. Itinerary and housing is subject to change.
Students arrange their own travel to Quito. Group flights are arranged for your transfer from Ecuador to the Galápagos Islands and back to the mainland. While in the Galápagos you will travel from island to island by speedboat.
The program focuses on the connections between ecology, evolution, the history of science, and conservation in a place that forever links these foundational topics. This course is mostly field-based. You will engage in field observations and investigations on site, and maintain a field notebook. There are also pre-departure portions of this course, which will involve six two-hour meetings to prepare for the field-based experiential learning that will take place among selected islands of the Galápagos Archipelago. These campus-based meetings will begin in mid-October.
This program will be led by Dr. Scott Taylor, an assistant professor in the Ecology and Evolutionary Biology Dept. He teaches population genetics and ornithology and his research investigates the evolutionary genomics of avian hybridization and speciation. Dr. Taylor has travelled the globe studying birds, which included several months spent in Peru and Chile during his PhD studying blue-footed and Peruvian boobies. Dr. Taylor has also worked extensively as a naturalist and educator, introducing groups of all ages to the diversity of the natural world in locations including Antarctica, arctic Svalbard, Sierra Leone, Tierra del Fuego, Hawaii, and Galapagos. Dr. Taylor is an enthusiastic and dedicated scientist and educator and a passionate natural historian at heart.
See Dr. Taylor's Faculty Spotlight.
The day before traveling to the Galápagos Archipelago, you will visit the Bellavista Cloud Forest Reserve, a unique ecosystem whose water supply comes entirely from condensing water vapor.
This program occurs during winter break. However, the official university term is considered fall. You have class hours in the fall. This also means that the bill is due in September.
: Galapagos Tortoise Snacking on Grass by Scott Taylor; Students Paddleboarding in the Galapagos by Scott Taylor.
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|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.|
|NOTE: 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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