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  • Locations: Cusco, Peru
  • Program Terms: Fall Semester, Spring Semester
  • Homepage: Click to visit
  • Program Sponsor: Field Studies 
  • Restrictions: WWU applicants only
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring Semester 2019 10/15/2018 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.
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Program Type: Field Study, Study Abroad Language of Instruction: English, Spanish
Fields of Study: Anthropology, Biology, Botany, Culture, Ecology, Economics, Environmental Science, Environmental Studies, Geography & Land Studies, Hospitality & Tourism, International Studies Housing Options: Student Residence/ On Campus
Minimum GPA: 2.8
Program Description:



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BIODIVERSITY & DEVELOPMENT IN THE ANDES-AMAZON,
PERU


PROGRAM DETAILS

  • Terms: Fall, Spring
  • Credits: 18 semester-hour credits
  • Prerequisites: One semester of college-level ecology, biology, or environmental studies/science; 18 years of age
  • Application Deadline: Rolling admissions. Early applications encouraged
  • Financial Aid: All accepted students can apply for need-based scholarships, grants, and loans


OVERVIEW

Through coursework, field exercises, and Directed Research, students experience the richness of the Andes-Amazon region, study people’s dependence on the environment, examine threats to the environment and to social networks, and explore the tools and strategies that both mitigate threats and promote well-being among rural communities. Our research projects are geared towards identifying the range of socio-ecological issues, as well as basic questions about biodiversity, that help us guide and inform the program’s research agenda.
 

PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS

  • Explore the lowland rainforest on a multi-day excursion, visiting oxbow lakes and flooded rainforests to understand differences in forest types and species composition
  • Visit the Sacred Valley of the Incas on a multiday expedition, investigating highland tropical forests, historical and modern methods of natural resource management, and the interface between society and the environment
  • Experience a cloud forest ecosystem at Wayqecha Biological Station, studying long-term impacts of climate change in the area, and comparing the flora and fauna with that of tropical rainforests
 

DIRECTED RESEARCH

Through Directed Research (DR)—as opposed to basic, applied, or independent research—students conduct research on a specific topic that is part of the SFS Center’s long-term strategic research plan, which has been developed in partnership with local community stakeholders and clients.

The course, taught by resident SFS faculty, provides students with the opportunity to apply the scientific process in a mentored field research project that addresses a local environmental issue. Through the DR project, students contribute to a growing body of scientific research that informs local conservation and resource management decisions.
 


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