Ecuador: Tropical Entomology in Ecuador and the Galápagos

Discover Ecuador and the Galápagos Islands through this pair of limited-enrollment courses
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About the Program

Students of this program will visit many tropical locations, including:

  • Quito
  • Galápagos Islands
  • Maquipucuna Reserve
  • Las Peña
  • Playa de Oro
  • Otavalo

After on-campus orientation, the group flies into the capital city of Quito, then spends a week boating to diverse sites among the Galápagos Islands. On the equatorial mainland, students will hike the cloud forests of the Maquipucuna Reserve and explore the port city of Esmeraldas (with a visit to the strictly boat-accessible Playa de Oro) and the high-altitude historic city of Otavalo, world-renown for its handwoven textiles.

During morning and night hikes in the tropical jungle, students will capture insects with both digital macro photography and nets, bringing samples back into the laboratory to learn preservation and identification techniques.

For the students studying tropical animal natural history and behavior, the field animal behavior course emphasizes principles, methods, and techniques through observation and non-invasive experimentation with animals from the region’s unique and diverse habitats.

International Travel Scholarship

International travel scholarships for $800 are available to support CAES student travel to study abroad programs and international internship programs. Students may apply in one of two application cycles, according to their departure date. Students departing on an international program during the current fall semester or spring semester of the following year should apply between August 1 - November 1. Students departing during the Maymester or summer semester should apply between December 1 - March 1. Applications received by the deadline date will be given full consideration.

Additional Scholarships for International Travel

There are several scholarships available for international travel through the CAES Office of Global Programs.

Quick Facts

Dates: TBD

Estimated Program Fee: $5,000 + Tuition and Fees + Airfare

Courses: ENTO 4850/6580-4580L/6580L, ENTO 4960

Application Deadline: February 17

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