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  • Locations: Ventura, United States
  • Program Terms: Summer
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Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2018 04/01/2018 ** 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.
Fact Sheet:
Program Type: Study Abroad Language of Instruction: English
Fields of Study: Biology, Ecology, Geography & Land Studies Housing Options: Other
Minimum GPA: 2.5
Program Description:
This summer our team will explore the unique ecological communities found on California’s famed Channel Islands, home to a vast assemblage of species and a fascinating human history. Here we will investigate the recovery and reintroduction of native wildlife on Santa Cruz Island, the largest and most diverse of the California Channel Islands. As we will discover on-site, two centuries of ranching on the islands has resulted in the introduction of many invasive plants and animals that have negatively impacted the native flora and fauna. Twenty years ago, the National Park Service and The Nature Conservancy embarked on an ambitious and largely successful program to restore the native wildlife of Santa Cruz Island. Since then bald eagles have once again established a healthy breeding population on the islands and the Island fox population has demonstrated one of the fastest recovery in the history of the Endangered Species Act. This course provides a unique opportunity to examine and participate in the ongoing research and restoration of the island.