Rainforest Biodiversity in Ecuador

Ecuador
Quito
Rainforest Biodiversity in Ecuador
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Dates, Deadlines, and Costs
TermApp DeadlineStart DateEnd DateCost
WinterOctober 5late Decembermid JanuaryBudget
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
  • Varies
  • Program Type
  • Short Term Explorations
    UA Faculty-led
Program Overview

Spend your winter break in the Amazon rainforest exploring one of the world’s most biodiverse regions! You will contribute to the biodiversity and conservation research at an Ecuadorian field station hosted by the local Huaorani tribe. 

Academics

Tentative 2017 dates: December 27 - January 8

ENVS 495F/595F Amazon Rainforest Conservation Biology in Ecuador - 3 units of credit in the environmental sciences

The Shiripuno Field Station is run by the local Huaoranis and will function as the base camp for the majority of the coursework. We will conduct multiple excursions in the area guided by local tribesmen to observe plants, birds, amphibians, reptiles, mammals, and many other unique features of this amazing forest. Each student will be given the opportunity to develop and implement a unique research project. Research can include biodiversity and other topics, working with Huaoranis to understand their relationships with the environment, and investigate the conflict of natural resource extraction (oil) in one of the last untouched rainforests on Earth.

Suggested reading for this program: Savages by Joe Kane

Faculty

Dr. Hans-Werner Herrmann
Associate Research Scientist, Wildlife Conservation and Management School of Natural Resources and the Environment
hwh@u.arizona.edu, (520) 626-3645
Forbes Building Room 415B Tucson, Arizona 85721

Dr. Thomas B Wilson
Lecturer, Department of Soil, Water and Environmental Science
twilson@ag.arizona.edu, (520) 626-3645
Saguaro Hall, Room 313, Tucson, Arizona 85721

Location

Located in the Amazon rainforest near the Equator, the Shiripuno River/Yasuni National Park region is considered to have among the world’s greatest biodiversity. After arriving in Quito, the capitol of Ecuador, we will travel to Puerto Francisco de Orellana, the gateway to the Amazon rainforest. From there we will travel by open air bus to the Shiripuno River (a tributary of the Amazon) where Huaorani, members of the local tribe, will take us by boat to the Shiripuno Field Station.  While floating down the Shiripuno we will be surrounded by the Amazon jungle with opportunities to see abundant wildlife such as macaws, monkeys, caimans, and possibly tapir.

Housing

Comfortable rustic cabins, each with a shower and toilet near an extensive network of well-maintained trails in the pristine rainforest. Hotels in Quito and Puerto Franciso del Orellana.

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Testimonials

"Staying in the Amazon Rainforest was the experience of a lifetime and something I could not have done without the help of this program. I learned an incredible amount about the biodiversity." - C. Pijanowski, Winter 2016

"The faculty at the UA and field station and Hans-Werner have truly made this the trip of a lifetime. My skills as a scientist have drastically improved and this experience provided me with the tools to continue in undergraduate research this semester and beyond." - A. Michaels, Winter 2016

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