Ecuador: Comparative Ecology and Conservation
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Congratulations to SIT Academic Director Dr. Xavier Silva for the publication of his latest book, Ecuador's Butterfly Ecology. Read more about Dr. Silva's book
Ecuador is home to more than 1,600 species of birds and 10 percent of the world’s known vascular plant species. Students on SIT's Ecuador: Comparative Ecology and Conservation program have the opportunity to interact with community members and local stakeholders who are grappling with conservation strategies within the context of heightened political, economic, and social pressures provide valuable context.
The program base is historic Quito, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Educational excursions take students to the high sierras of the Andes, the epiphyte-rich cloud forest, the rugged snow-line páramo, and the vast rainforest of the Ecuadorian Amazon. A guided, weeklong visit to the extraordinary Galápagos Islands provides access to plant and animal species found nowhere else on earth.
In country resources and program partners generally include:
- Galápagos National Park
- Tiputini Biological Station
- La Florida Cloud Forest Reserve
- Papallacta Highlands
- La Hesperia reserve
- Jocotoco Foundation
|Ecuador alum presents ISP at major undergraduate research conference
Program alumna Marisa Martínez was selected to present research conducted for her Independent Study Project at the 2011 National Conference on Undergraduate Research out of a pool of over 4,000 papers. In Marisa’s study, “Social Functioning of Vocal Duetting in the Rufous wren”, birds were recorded before, during, and after playbacks. The data suggest that Rufous wrens engage in duetting as a method of jointly defending territory.
Marisa collaborated with SIT’s local partner in Ecuador, Fundación Jocotoco—which works with conservation projects—the Academy of Sciences of Philadelphia and in particular with Dr. Robert Ridgely; and the Cornell Ornithology Lab, which is one of the most important ornithology labs in the world and where Marisa continues her research.
Duration: 15 weeks
Program Base: Quito
Language Study: Spanish
Prerequisites: Coursework in environmental studies, ecology, biology, or related fields; 4 semesters college-level Spanish. Read more...
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