AN EXPLORATION OF BIODIVERSITY, NATURAL HISTORY, AND CONSERVATION OF PATAGONIA
Faculty Leader: Alejandro Vagelli, Department of Biology
Travel Dates: Spring Break 2022
Class Meeting Times: TBD
Course Number: 56:120:599
Program Cost: Approximately $2,500*
This course will immerse students in a holistic learning experience on the natural history of coastal Patagonia. It will cover fundamental processes that explain the origin, patterns, and evolution of its biological diversity, as well as its present conservation challenges. It will help students to develop scientific skills by combining theoretical concepts with field activities that will take place within a wildlife refuge located in the Province of Chubut, Argentina. The refuge is managed by Fundación Patagonia Natural (http://www.patagonianatural.org) with the aims of preserving the coastal Patagonian steppe, conducting scientific research, and implementing conservation programs. This ~ 6,700 ha conservation area is situated in the buffer zone of “Península Valdés,” an UNESCO Natural World Heritage Site.
Program Cost Includes:
- International health insurance
- Some meals and excursions
Program Cost Does Not Include:
- Passport, visa, or airport entrance or exit fees (if applicable)
- Remaining meals
*Program cost is approximate and subject to change. Program cost is in addition to tuition.