Wooster in Ecuador: Conservation Biology in the Tropics (July 8 – August 3, 2013)
Interested in learning more? Dr. Loveless is holding information sessions on October 19 at 3:30 pm, October 22 at 7:30 pm, and October 24 at 6:30 pm, all in Mateer 203.
This course examines conservation issues in the tropics from multiple perspectives, with a focus on biodiversity, resource conservation, habitat protection and development issues in Ecuador. The course includes an intensive and physically rigorous four-week field experience in Ecuador during the summer. We will examine the links between human livelihoods, resource protection, and development. We will also explore the impacts of human activities on tropical species, natural habitats and social institutions (including indigenous cultures) and will look at examples of successful conservation projects involving both Ecuadorians and international non-governmental organizations.
All students going on the summer trip are required to enroll in and complete the 0.5-unit seminar course on campus in the spring prior to the off-campus course. Enrollment in the course is limited.
Participation in the Wooster in Ecuador Program is by application only. Students must have a cumulative GPA of 2.75 or above. Short interviews may be conducted. Participants will be chosen based on the quality of their applications, including the personal statement, information from references, and how the proposes trip fits into their four-year plan of study at the College and into their future plans.
Note: While this course does not apply for credit in the Biology major, it does satisfy the Mathematics & Natural Science (MNS) requirement for learning across the disciplines. It also is approved for elective credit in the Latin American Studies and Environmental Studies minors.