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Program Category: UGA Faculty-Led Click here for a definition of this term Open to non-UGA students: Yes
Type of Instruction: Experiential, Fieldwork/Research, Lecture, Service-Learning Taught By: UGA/U.S. Professor(s)
College/School: CAES Academic Area: Animal Health, Animal Science, Avian Biology, Biological Science, Biology, Entomology, Latin American and Caribbean Studies
Minimum number of credit hours: 8 Maximum number of credit hours: 8
Scholarship Availability: Yes
Program Description:

This program will not be running in 2020. For more information about 2021, please contact the program director.
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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:

Program Location

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The course travels to diverse tropical locations, including:

  • Quito
  • Maquipucuna Reserve
  • San Cristobal, Galápagos Islands
  • Isabela, Galápagos Islands
  • Santa Cruz, Galápagos Islands


Contact Information

Dr. Donald Champagne 
Entomology Department 
413 Biological Sciences Building
Phone: (706) 542-1238

***Scholarships available for CAES students.

Academic Program

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.

Program Itinerary
Maymester 2020 
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. 

Program Costs

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

Program Ratings:
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Program Reviews:
Summer 2016 Participant
This was an experience of a life time.

Tristan Ravi Horton, Summer 2016 Participant
This was an amazing program that exposed me to the wonders of Ecuadorian culture and the beauty of its landscape.

Summer 2016 Participant
Ecuador is a beautiful country with some of the friendliest people you'll ever meet and has the most spectacular wildlife.

I have really enjoyed the experience and it has made me more excited to pursue my ecology minor. Also learning about the culture of Ecuador has left me wanting to study abroad again in the future.
     — Kendall Clay, Maymester 2017
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