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Environment and Culture in the Galapagos

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Program Type Departmental
Program Location Galapagos, Ecuador
Course # SA 21268
Duration Summer
Upcoming Program Dates
To Be Announced
Past Dates
Summer 2019 08/07/19 to 08/15/19

Program Leader
Purdue University
Room 26 Agriculture Administration Building
West Lafayette, Indiana 47907-1168

Phone: 765-494-6876
Fax: 765-494-9613

Program Description

?This course will introduce the unique environments and the culture of the Galapagos Islands and Ecuador while integrating ecological topics including biodiversity, adaptation and evolution, biogeography, endemicism, and conservation biology. Students will learn about the history of the islands, explore diverse ecosystems in both marine and terrestrial environments, and will see wildlife species including giant tortoises, marine iguanas, frigatebird, sea lions, whales, Galapagos penguins, sea turtles, Darwin’s finches, sharks, and many more. Students will also learn about human impacts on the islands resulting from climate change, invasive species, and tourism. The itinerary includes visits to Quito, Isabela Island, Santa Cruz Island, San Cristobal Island, and the Mindo Cloud Forest. Activities include hiking, snorkeling, a volcano walk, and a visit to the Charles Darwin Research Station to meet with scientists and environmental educators.?

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