In this second session, learn a suite of foundational field research techniques for studying wildlife ecology and assessing conservation policies and practices. Focusing on the Tarangire-Manyara ecosystem, practice interactive methods for assessing local community perceptions of conservation efforts, and contribute to long-term research goals at our Center.
Spend the summer surrounded by the incredible wildlife, vibrant culture, and world-famous national parks of Tanzania. These summer courses can be taken individually (4 credits) or in combination for a total of 8 credits. The combined summer program provides a thorough introduction to wildlife management strategies and the research methods routinely used to assess wildlife ecology. Students participating in both sessions receive a $1,000 discount.
Both sessions include game drives and field lectures in Serengeti, Tarangire, and Lake Manyara National Parks, and Ngorongoro Conservation Area. The sessions integrate community interactions and relationships through studying the role of community-based natural resource management.
Week 1: Introductions, orientation, class begins, Lake Manyara National Park
Week 2: Mammal assessments, Tarangire National Park and Manyara Ranch
Week 3: Hadzabe visit, Ngorongoro Crater and Serengeti camping expedition
Week 4: Exam, closing activities
Itinerary subject to change.
A Note about Program Costs
Includes all pre-program advising services, room and board at the field station and on excursions, park entrance and research fees, program-related transportation, emergency evacuation insurance, and official transcript processing.
Does not include international airfare, international medical insurance, medical costs, and personal non-program related expenses.
SFS 3570 Techniques for Wildlife Field Research (4 credits)
This course exposes students to a suite of wildlife field techniques and methods routinely used to assess wildlife ecology and management policies and practices in Tanzania, with specific application to the Tarangire-Manyara ecosystem conservation areas. The focus of the course is multidisciplinary and reflects the complex realities of balancing ecological, economic, and sociocultural factors in sustainable wildlife conservation and management studies. Students learn foundational skills in observation and evaluation of wildlife, as well as interactive methods used for assessing local community attitudes and behaviors toward conservation efforts, and they apply these techniques to advance long-term research goals at the Center.