J-Term Trips to Ecuador

BIO 245: Ecology of Ecuador

Course Description:

This trip is an introduction to the ecology, evolution, and natural history of the Amazon rainforest, Andean cloud forest, and Galapagos Islands, and at the same time exposes students to some of the customs and cultures of the Ecuadorian people.

We will review basic principles of evolution ecology and natural history as they pertain to both the rainforest (e.g. productivity, nutrient cycling, succession, and coevolution) and Galapagos islands (e.g. natural selection, speciation, colonization, and island biogeography).

To see images and videos from our January 2013 trip to Ecuador, click here.

The NEXT offering of Bio 245: Ecology of Ecuador is January 2015.

Dr. Kirk Larsen in Andean cloud forest.