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Please note: All students participating in study abroad programs will be charged a Study Abroad Fee of $100, in addition to the program costs. Students will also be required to purchase Student Travel Insurance at a cost of approximately $25 for two weeks, or $50 per month. Program costs listed below do not include UW tuition and fees.
ECOL 5620/ZOO 4900/5750: Darwin and the Galápagos
The Galápagos are truly unique because of (1) their historical and contemporary importance to the development of evolutionary biology, starting with Darwin’s visit in 1835 and continuing especially with the classical studies by Drs. Peter and Rosemary Grant and their colleagues on the ecology and evolution of Darwin’s finches, (2) the extensive primary and secondary literature that we can draw from including numerous books (e.g., Darwin in Galápagos that follows Darwin’s footsteps in the Galápagos and the Pulitzer-Prize winning The Beak of the Finch that chronicles the studies of the Grants and their students), and (3) there is no better place to see such a wide diversity of iconic species up-close in both remarkably pristine (97% of the Galápagos is protected in a National Park) and highly impacted habitats.
To take advantage of the extraordinary opportunities provided by the rich literature, research, and biodiversity, this 4-credit course will combine a seminar during fall 2015 (90-minute meetings each week) with a 2016 winter session expedition to Ecuador and the Galápagos Islands National Park (12-24 January). A key component of the trip is that Greg Estes will lead us while on the islands. Greg is the co-author of Darwin in Galápagos: Footsteps to a New World, published in 2009 by Princeton University Press; we will read this book prior to arriving in Galápagos. Greg has 35 years experience as a researcher and guide on the Galápagos and has consulted on numerous projects about Darwin and the Galápagos.