This program will not be running in 2020. For more information about 2021, please contact the program director.
UGA- CAES- Tropical Entomology in Ecuador and the Galapagos
Trek through the country of Ecuador and its Galápagos Islands to explore tropical insects and gain an understanding of the culture and biodiversity of this equatorial region. During this more-than-two-week summer course, you will explore Ecuador’s cloud forest jungles at the Maquipucuna Reserve while photographing and studying insects. You’ll use digital macrophotography to capture memorable insect images and will identify samples for research and discussion. Evening lectures and labs cover selected topics in tropical entomology and insect natural history. You’ll experience local culture during visits to coffee and cacao plantations, and ecotouristic towns neighboring the Maquipucuna Cloud Forests in the Chocó Andino Biosphere Reserve. In addition, the itinerary includes trips to Ecuador’s capital, Quito.
After ten days on the mainland in Ecuador, you will travel as a group to the famous Galápagos Islands. In the Galápagos, hikes in the land ecosystems of the Isabela, Santa Cruz and San Cristobal Islands provide opportunities to observe birds and other animals while you search for new insects and understand Darwin's theory of evolution. Daily snorkeling trips allow you to make close observations of the islands’ unique fauna.
This unique study abroad opportunity gives you the chance to experience Ecuador and it’s Galápagos Islands while gaining a deeper understanding and appreciation for tropical insects, biodiversity and the unique culture of the region.
Program Recognition by the Travel Channel
This program made the Travel Channel's “10 Bucket List-Worthy Study Abroad Programs!” Check out the complete article here: http://www.travelchannel.com/interests/arts-and-culture/photos/bucket-list-worthy-study-abroad-programs?sf61076987=1
The course travels to diverse tropical locations, including:
- Maquipucuna Reserve
- San Cristobal, Galápagos Islands
- Isabela, Galápagos Islands
- Santa Cruz, Galápagos Islands
Dr. Donald Champagne
413 Biological Sciences Building
Phone: (706) 542-1238
***Scholarships available for CAES students.
ENTO 4850/4850L Tropical Entomology (4 hours)
ENTO 3900L Special Problems (2 hours)
Students will learn insect classification and how to identify insect orders and families. During daily hikes in-country students will also build a digital photo collection of tropical insects. Insect collection, preservation, and sampling techniques, as well as a lot of fascinating insect natural history will be covered as well.
May 13-15: Program Orientation and Lectures in Athens
May 18: Departure Day, Travel to Quito, Ecuador
May 19 - 26: Maquipucuna Reserve
May 27-28: Quito
May 29-30: San Cristobal, Galápagos
May 31-June 2: Isabela, Galápagos
June 3: Santa Cruz, Galápagos
June 4: Return to ATL
Students will stay at the Maquipucuna Reserve from May 18-26 and will stay in hotels during trips to Quito and the Galápagos Islands.
Students pay a program fee, airfare and tuition/fees. All in-country travel, lodging and meals covered by the program fee. Please see the "Cost of Attendance Sheet" above for additional information.
Estimated program fee + deposit: $3,850