Galápagos Marine Ecology

Galápagos Marine Ecology
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Dates, Deadlines, and Costs
TermApp DeadlineStart DateEnd DateCost
SummerFebruary 25early Julylate JulyBudget
Program Information
  • GPA
  • 2.5
  • Language of Instruction
  • English
  • Foreign Language Requirement
  • No
  • Class Eligibility
  • Graduate, Junior, Senior, Sophomore
  • Program Open To
  • UA and Non-UA Students
  • Credit Type
  • UA Direct Credit
  • Level of Study
  • Graduate, Undergraduate
  • Housing Options
  • Hotel
  • Program Type
  • UA Faculty-led
Program Overview

This 3-week program explores the unique habitats of the Galapagos islands to understand how these islands became the birthplace of Darwin's idea of evolution. Spend your summer days learning about tide pools, collecting plankton and helping to re-forest native vegetation in the cloud-filled highlands. 


Tentative 2019 dates: TBD

This program allows undergrad and graduate students as well as teachers to explore the unique habitats of the Galápagos first hand. Participants will begin to understand why these islands are considered the birthplace of Darwin's revolutionary idea of evolution. Excursions and activities on the program include: 

  • Snorkeling with schools of fish, sea lions and marine iguanas
  • Working in small research groups studying a topic or organism
  • Exploring blue-footed booby and albatross nesting sites, sea lion rookeries and a giant tortoise sanctuary
  • Visiting the Charles Darwin Research Station on Santa Cruz Island
  • Day tripping to the island of Española

ECOL 4960/5960: Galapagos Marine Ecology (6 credits)
Note: All students must take the course for 6 units minimum, but can also 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.


Dr. Katrina Mangin
Ecology & Evolutionary Biology
Lecturer, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology


The program begins in Quito, Ecuador where students spend one day at Papallacta in the highlands of Ecuador and experience a night tour of the city. The group will then travel together from Quito to San Cristobal, Galápagos and spend the remainder of the program on this archipelago of islands situated approximately 900 km off the shore of Ecuador in the Pacific Ocean.

This program involves exploring the location and islands by hiking, swimming, snorkeling and embarking and disembarking on boats. 


Students stay in double rooms in hotels at each of the sites. There is an extra cost for single occupancy rooms. All breakfasts and some lunches/dinners are included as well as a maid service. Laundry service available for additional charge.

Note: The housing is sufficient to fulfill basic needs. Students should not expect a 4 or 5 star hotel accommodation during this program. 

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