Northern Tanzania is home to world famous protected areas including Ngorongoro Conservation Area and Serengeti and Tarangire National Parks, where elephants, lions, giraffe, baboons, and other large mammals roam. It is also home to indigenous communities such as the Maasai and Hadzabe, whose livelihoods are intricately entwined with the wildlife and natural resources surrounding them. This semester program examines the dynamic and complex real-world environmental issues on the ground in Tanzania. Concepts in wildlife management, behavioral ecology, impacts and adaptation to climate change, human-wildlife conflict, and community-based conservation come alive through field work, community interaction and relationships, and multi-day excursions. Culminating with a faculty-mentored research project, students conduct user-inspired research from beginning to end and then share their findings with stakeholders in the local community.
June 21, 2018