Honors Travel Course offering 3 credits, January 4 – 25, 2014
Evolution, Ecology and Conservation in Ecuador and the Galapagos (Field Biology) Galapagos/Quito, Ecuador
Sponsored by the College of Staten Island and the City University of New York
Program Cost for CUNY students: $5,158, not including International Airfare ($800) and Departure Tax, Books, and Personal Expenses $300
Note: All dates and costs subject to change. Non-NY residents
and non-CUNY students may have a higher program cost. Participation in Macaulay travel programs will be underwritten through the Opportunities Fund. All
Opportunities Fund eligibility requirements must be met.
Universidad San Francisco de Quito (USFQ)
Universidad San Francisco de Quito (USFQ) is recognized as one of Ecuador’s leading institutions of higher education. Quito is located in the Andean mountain region, more than 9,000 feet about sea level. The “living laboratory” of the Galapagos archipelago, set in the Pacific Ocean some 600 miles west of the Ecuadorian coast, consist of 61 islands and islets. The Galapagos are a “United Nations World Natural Heritage Site”, a national park and marine reserve.
This course examines theories that have shaped the concept of evolution, and how Darwin’s experience in the Galapagos Islands influenced his ideas. The field research component of the course focuses on the evidence presented by animals and plants of the Galapagos that illustrates the relationships among taxonomy, comparative anatomy, embryology, physiology, genetics, paleontology and the theory of evolution. Prerequisite: One semester of General Biology