J-Term Trips to Ecuador

Approaching Bartolome in the Galapagos Islands, January 2015

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).

See images and videos from our January 2013 trip to Ecuador.

The most recent offering of Bio 245: Ecology of Ecuador was January 2015.