This program offers an opportunity for secondary school science teachers from around the U.S. to study in the Galapagos Islands off the coast of Ecuador. Other graduate students and undergraduates are welcome to join us. This approximately 23-day course includes a one-week service project on San Cristobal Island in a local school: mornings are spent with the children exploring tide pools, collecting plankton and helping to re-forest native vegetation in the cloud-filled highlands. The rest of the time we explore the unique habitats of the Galapagos explore first hand to understand why these islands are famous as the birthplace of evolution and of Darwin's revolutionary idea of evolution.
We snorkel with vast schools of fish, sea lions and marine iguanas, and see many of the unique land and sea organisms found only on the Galapagos Islands. Students work in pairs on small field research projects on a topic or organism of their choice. The last ten days are spent visiting several of the most fascinating islands in the archipelago. We visit blue-footed booby and albatross nesting sites, sea lion rookeries, a giant-tortoise sanctuary, and the volcanoes that gave rise to the islands. We also visit the Charles Darwin Research Station on Santa Cruz Island.
Ecol 4960/5960: Galapagos Marine Ecology (3-6 credits)
All students must take the course for 3 units minimum, and can opt to take it for more credit, with additional assignments available on request from the instructor. Graduate students must take the course for graduate credit. Undergraduates who are seniors in good standing (see UA rules) can opt to take the course for graduate credit.
The Galapagos are an archipelago of islands situated approximately 900 km off the shore of Ecuador in the Pacific Ocean.
Students stay in double rooms in hotels at each of the sites. There is an extra cost for single occupancy rooms. Some meals and maid service included. Laundry service available for additional charge.
Dr. Katrina Mangin is a professor in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology. She is a marine ecologist who specializes in the intertidal ecology of the Gulf of California. She has taught undergraduates and teachers at the University of Arizona for 15 years.