Conservation Biology: Field Studies in Vietnam

Conservation Biology: Field Studies in Vietnam
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Dates, Deadlines, and Costs
TermApp DeadlineStart DateEnd DateCost
Spring BreakOctober 25early Marchearly MarchBudget
Program Information
  • GPA
  • 2.5
  • Language of Instruction
  • English
  • Foreign Language Requirement
  • No
  • Class Eligibility
  • Freshman, Graduate, Junior, Senior, Sophomore
  • Program Open To
  • UA Students
  • Credit Type
  • UA Direct Credit
  • Level of Study
  • Graduate, Undergraduate
  • Housing Options
  • Hostel, Hotel, Other
  • Program Type
  • UA Faculty-led
Program Overview

This program will introduce participants to one of the world’s biodiversity hotspots and we will use the local environment as a laboratory to learn field research techniques and methodology. Students will experience firsthand the critical role that field biologists play in conservation and gain a perspective of social and cultural context of the region.


Tentative 2018 Dates: March 3 - 11

This field school will begin with a short introduction and orientation seminar at the University of Vietnam in Hanoi (Vietnam’s capital) with the presentation of student papers on general aspects of Vietnamese fauna, flora and ecology as well as geography, geology and history. Representatives of the government, the university and conservation NGOs are either invited for a seminar presentation or visited at their respective institutions to learn about current issues in research and conservation;this is followed by field trips to field research stations,reserves, national parks and conservation projects in several locations in Northern and Central Vietnam. 

Students will receive credit in the following:

RNR 499/599 Independent Study in Conservation Biology, Field Studies in Vietnam (1 unit)


Hans-Werner Herrmann, PhD, School of Natural Resources and the Environment


Hanoi, Cuc Phuong National Park, Phong Nha Ke Bang National Park and Ha Long Bay

Globally Vietnam, including all of Indochina, has been among the least studied areas. Zoologically this has become apparent with the recent discovery of a number of large mammal species. The status of other systematic groups such as reptiles and amphibians is even more unresolved. Vietnam’s forests are home to a vast diversity of Southeast Asian fauna and flora, of which many charismatic species are critically endangered (including some of the most endangered primate species in the world). Vietnam possesses modern nature conservation legislation with current emphasis on its implementation and management of natural areas. A number of large national parks with impressive potential for nature conservation have recently been created.


Students will share accommodations at different locations such as small hotels in Hanoi and smaller towns, field stations and tents at the field sites, sometimes in remote areas under primitive conditions.

Due to the remoteness of some areas, average physical condition is required.

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