Ecosystem: Marine


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Rainforest to Reef


Immerse yourself in the rich biodiversity of the rainforest and learn about socio-ecological resilience in the face of climate change and other environmental threats. Connect rainforest management and conservation issues with downstream impacts on the Great Barrier Reef. Become a part of large-scale restoration ecology experiments and study environmental policy and community conservation approaches while developing skills in field research and data collection. Learn More

Availability
Fall 2020

Aug 31 - Dec 3

Closed

Spring 2021

Jan 25 - Apr 29

Open

Fall 2021

Aug 30 - Dec 2

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Watersheds of the Wet Tropics


The Great Barrier Reef and the tropical rainforests of northern Australia form a complex, interconnected system. Study abroad this summer and learn about rainforest and watershed management in this verdant region while considering the policies and actions needed to maintain healthy waterways in the face of climate change. Learn More

Availability
Summer 2020

Jul 6 - Aug 5

Closed

Summer 2021

Jul 5 - Aug 4

Open

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Wild Patagonia: Fire and Ice


Spend a semester amid the soaring peaks, massive glaciers, and narrow fjords of Patagonia, where the trails of national parks like Torres del Paine become your classroom for research and field work. Embark on expeditions to the southernmost tip of South America and the volcanic lakes region of northern Patagonia to study climate change impacts, diverse ecosystems, and conservation in one of the world’s most iconic regions. Learn More

Availability
Fall 2020

Sep 7 - Dec 18

Closed

Spring 2021

Jan 25 - May 7

Open

Fall 2021

Sep 6 - Dec 17

Open

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Foundations of Patagonian Ecology


Spend your winter break studying the biodiversity and fragile habitats of southern Chile. The trails of national parks like Torres del Paine and the expansive Patagonian steppe become your classroom as you explore the region from high-alpine forests to glaciers to the lower-elevation steppe. You’ll practice animal observation and census techniques on species like the guanaco, Andean condor, and elusive puma, and explore how nature adapts in extreme conditions. Learn More

Availability
Winter 2021

Dec 28 - Jan 15

Open

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Tropical Island Biodiversity Studies


Spend a semester in the dynamic community of Bocas del Toro, where you will experience everything from underwater ecosystems to rich green rainforests. Go behind the scenes of this “paradise” as you study the impacts of tourism and development on the unique habitats of this island system. Evaluate local and national environmental policies and study the principles of sustainability and conservation as part of an in-depth field research project. Learn More

Availability
Fall 2020

Aug 31 - Dec 11

Open

Spring 2021

Jan 26 - May 7

Open

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Foundations of Tropical Coastal Ecology


This winter break, snorkel and hike through the diverse ecosystems of Panama's Bocas del Toro Archipelago – from coral reefs and mangroves to beaches and rainforests. On this 200-level introductory course, you’ll go behind the scenes of this ‘paradise’ to examine the impacts of tourism and climate change, discuss conservation methods, and learn how to assess reef health and identify key marine and terrestrial species. Snorkel in the waters of... Learn More

Availability
Winter 2021

Dec 28 - Jan 15

Open

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Tropical Island Ecosystems: The Human Impact


On this summer study abroad program, snorkel and hike through the diverse environments of Bocas – from coral reefs and mangroves to beaches and rainforests – and study human impacts, such as tourism, on the island’s ecosystems and communities. Meet the local residents who depend on both tourism and natural resources and learn about current approaches to sustainable development in the archipelago. Learn More

Availability
Summer 2021

May 31 - Jun 30

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Marine Resource Studies


Spend a semester on the island of South Caicos, where spectacular marine ecosystems are still largely untouched by tourism and development. Don your wetsuit and get to know a host of marine life while conducting research on coral reefs, seagrass meadows, and mangroves. Evaluate fisheries resources and policies while collecting data that helps community members balance their rights and needs with the island’s conservation goals. Learn More

Availability
Fall 2020

Aug 31 - Dec 11

Open

Spring 2021

Jan 26 - May 7

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Foundations of Tropical Marine Ecosystems


Spend your winter break exploring the spectacular reefs and turquoise waters of South Caicos, snorkeling or diving with rays, turtles, brilliantly colored fish, and other marine life. In this introductory course, you’ll learn how to identify key marine species, study the connection and co-dependence of the island’s ecosystems, and explore the environmental issues impacting these habitats and the island community. Learn More

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Winter 2021

Dec 28 - Jan 15

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Fundamentals of Marine Conservation


Explore the spectacular reefs and turquoise waters of South Caicos, snorkeling or diving with rays, turtles, brilliantly colored fish, and other marine life. In this summer study abroad program, you’ll learn about the environmental issues and policies affecting these ecosystems and the island community, and gain the skills needed to conduct marine research. Learn More

Availability
Summer 2021

May 31 - Jun 30

Open