July Session:  Tropical Forest Ecology   Pitt in Ecuador Summer Application Deadline January 20, 2018     Apply

(For BYU July Session see: BYU Ecology and Sustainable Agriculture) 

Academics

All students take 2 classes for (6 credits):

 

BIOSC 1220  Tropical Forest Ecology (3cr)

This 3-Credit course provides a solid foundation in tropical forest ecology.  It is designed to prepare students to carry out research on the interaction of plant and animal communities and to engage the serious challenges facing neotropical forests. Students will learn to compare pristine to altered forests identifying key factors in forest decline and regeneration.  Students will examine each of the diverse elevational zones that comprise the Amazonian watershed.  The highlight will be a visit to Ecuador’s Yasuni National Park, an untouched area of the Amazon with the highest bio-diversity on earth.. Two Semesters of general biology required.

Topics:

Insect mimicry:  Do any species mimic another species specifically?

Interspecies communicaitons-  mixed flock fruit feeders

Animal experiences that are culture like.

Social spiders

Biological Research Course: 3 cr. research component tied to Tropical Forest Ecology.  Students work in pairs out in the forest on a research project identified in conjunction with faculty.

Photographs of animals in the Yasuni

 

Communications For a Sustainable Amazon (3cr)

Skip Glenn • Assistant Professor – Marketing & Entrepreneurship

 

Until recently vast areas of the world were beyond the effective reach of the state and markets largely because they were beyond the reach of communications.  In the last 5 years the rise of social media has changed this situation linking previously isolated populations to the state, education, markets, and jobs.  Exemplary of this change is the Amazon Basin where social media where previously communities now post videos of products they have to offer, speeches by their leaders, or reports of illegal logging in real time. The impact of this change presents a new frontier both for the sustainability of the Amazon and for effective communications by businesses, NGOs, educators and state planners who can now service these areas from a distance.  By examining the uses of social media in the Ecuadorian Amazon this course  will prepare students to meet the distinctive challenges for the expansion of effective communication into these new markets.

Cost

 

Cost : In-State; $4,900; Out-of-State: $5,100 (Includes lodging, 3 meals per day 6 credits of tuition in country travel and excursions). 

 

Itinerary

Saturday July 30

11:30 PM Arrive in Quito Shuttle to Real Audiencia

 

Sunday,  July 1


8:00 AM Breakfast

9:00 AM Tour colonial Quito (founded 1535)

12:00 Lunch At Hotel Real Audiencia

1:PM  Hike in the high altitude páramo polylepus forest.

6:30 PM Arrive at Yanayacu Cloud forest Station

7:00 PM Dinner

 

Monday  July  2

8:00 Breakfast

9-12  Hike in the cloud forest with lecture on cloud forest environment.

1:00 Lunch

2-4 Hike in the cloud forest

Communications students write short high impact piece on cloud forest environment.

7:00 Dinner at Iyarina

Tuesday, July 3

8:00 Breakfast

9-12  Class

Introduction to the Ecuadorian Amazon.    Swanson

1:00 Lunch

2-5

Introduction to Communications in the Developing Amazon

Introduction to Tropical Ecology

7:00 Diner

Thursday,  July 5   

8:00 Breakfast

 

9-12  Class

Amazonian Culture and Environment

1:00 Lunch

2-5  Class 

Communications in the Developing Amazon

The use of social media by the government of Napo to get out its message.

 

Tropical Ecology

7:00 

 

Friday,  July 6

8:00 Breakfast

9-12  Work on Communications and Tropical Ecology Projects

1:00 Lunch

Afternoon:  Hike up the Canoa Yaku

7:00 Dinner

 

Saturday July 7   Free Day.  No Class.

8:00 Breakfast

9-12  Class

1:00 Lunch

2-5  Class

7:00 Diner

 

Sunday  July 8    Free Day.  No Class.

8:00 Breakfast

9-12  Class

1:00 Lunch

2-5  Class

7:00 Dinner

 

Monday, July 9  

8:00 Breakfast

9-12  Class    Amazonian Culture and Environment

1:00 Lunch

2-5  Class      Tropical Ecology.  Learn to recognize major plant families.

                       Communications for a Sustainable Amazon

 

Tuesday,  July 10 

8:00 Breakfast

9-12  Class    Amazonian Culture and Environment

1:00 Lunch

2-5  Class      Tropical Ecology.   Learn to recognize major plant families.

                       Communications for a Sustainable Amazon

Wednesday,  July 11    

8:00 Breakfast

9-12  Class    Amazonian Culture and Environment

1:00 Lunch

2-5  Class      Tropical Ecology

                       Communications for a Sustainable Amazon

Thursday July 12

8:00 Breakfast

9-12  Class    Amazonian Culture and Environment

1:00 Lunch

2-5  Class      Tropical Ecology

                       Communications for a Sustainable Amazon

 

Friday,  July 13

8:00 Breakfast

9-12   Work on Communications and Tropical Ecology Projects 

1:00 Lunch

Afternoon: Free for travel or study

7:00 Dinner

 

Saturday July 14   Free Day.  No Class.

8:00 Breakfast

9-12  Class

1:00 Lunch

2-5  Class

7:00 Diner

 

Sunday  July 15   Free Day.  No Class.

8:00 Breakfast

9-12  Class

1:00 Lunch

2-5  Class

7:00 Dinner

 

Monday, July 16   Yasuní National Park

8:00 Breakfast

9-12  Class  

1:00 Lunch

2-5  Class  

7:00 Diner

 

Tuesday, July 17   Yasuni National Park

8:00 Breakfast

9-12  Class     

1:00 Lunch

2-5  Study the communications battle over uncontacted people.  Compare tothe reality as understood by the Waorani relatives of uncontacted groups.

7:00 Diner

Wednesday, July 18  Yasuni National Park

8:00 Breakfast

9-12  Class

1:00 Lunch

2-5  Class  Meet with the manager of the Yasuni Scientific Station, Carlos Padilla to study the communications strategy of the Station.

7:00 Diner

Thursday,  July 19  Return to Iyarina.  View African Palm plantations and Oil Fields.  Contrast the reality to the Social media image these industries present.

8:00 Breakfast

9-12  Class    Amazonian Culture and Environment

1:00 Lunch

2-5  Class      Tropical Ecology

                       Communications for a Sustainable Amazon

                       

7:00 Diner

 

Friday, July 20  

8:00 Breakfast

9-12  Work on Communications and Tropical Ecology Projects

1:00 Lunch

Afternoon: Free for travel or study

7:00 Dinner

 

Saturday, July 21   Free Day.  No Class.

8:00 Breakfast

9-12  Class

1:00 Lunch

2-5  Class

7:00 Diner

 

Sunday, July 22     Free Day.  No Class.

8:00 Breakfast

9-12  Class

1:00 Lunch

2-5  Class

7:00 Diner

Monday, July 23 

 

8:00 Breakfast

9-12  Class    Amazonian Culture and Environment

1:00 Lunch

2-5  Class      Tropical Ecology

                       Communications for a Sustainable Amazon

 

Tuesday, July 24  

 

8:00 Breakfast

9-12  Class    Amazonian Culture and Environment

1:00 Lunch

2-5  Class      Tropical Ecology

                       Communications for a Sustainable Amazon

 

Wednesday, July 25 

 

8:00 Breakfast

9-12  Class    Amazonian Culture and Environment

1:00 Lunch

2-5  Class      Tropical Ecology

                       Communications for a Sustainable Amazon

 

Thursday, July  26  

 

8:00 Breakfast
9-12  Class    Amazonian Culture and Environment
1:00 Lunch
2-5  Class      Tropical Ecology
                       Communications for a Sustainable Amazon

Friday,  July  27 

8:00 Breakfast

9-12  Work on Communications and Tropical Ecology Projects

1:00 Lunch

Afternoon: Free for travel or study

7:00 Dinner

Saturday July 28  Travel to the airport

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