PERU SEMESTER: BIODIVERSITY AND DEVELOPMENT IN THE AMAZON
- Terms: Fall, Spring
- Credits: 18 semester-hour credits
- Prerequisites: One semester of college-level ecology, biology, or environmental studies/science; 18 years of age
- Application Deadline: Rolling admissions. Early applications encouraged
- Financial Aid: All accepted students can apply for need-based scholarships, grants, and loans
Explore the lush ecosystems and extraordinary biodiversity of the north Peruvian Amazon. Study threats to the region firsthand – from climate change to resource extraction – and get at the heart of Peru’s conservation and development issues. Embark on a multi-day excursion to the Andean highlands, where you’ll hike through cloud forests and visit the historic Incan capital of Cusco, the hub for visitors to Machu Picchu.
- Take a multi-day excursion to the village of Sucusari to learn about the traditions of the Maijuna people and explore the jungle from the world’s longest canopy walkway.
- Take an overnight riverboat expedition in Peru’s largest national reserve, Pacaya-Samiria, home to species such as pink river dolphins, bats, piranhas, primates, macaws, and giant river otters.
- Visit a manatee rescue center, tropical fish exporter, and potato and butterfly farms to study a range of local conservation efforts.
THE FIELD STATION:
SFS students live and study at the Center for Amazon Studies, which lies halfway between the remote city of Iquitos and the port city of Nauta, amid the vast rainforests of the Amazon. Campus is a small group of buildings connected by elevated walkways, and the sights and sounds of the forest are accessible via an on-campus trail system which traverses our 183-acre property. Small villages within walking distance provide access to local shops.
- Forest and soil ecology
- Mammal ecology and conservation
- Land use impacts
- Natural resource management
- Forest recovery
- Development in the Amazon
- Species identification and population monitoring
- Biodiversity surveys
- Spanish language
- Research design
- Data collection
- Scientific writing and presentation
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