June 27- July 25, 2020      Tropical Ecology in the Ecuadorian Amazon    

University of Pittsburgh

University of Nevada at Reno

Morning

 

BIO:  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 4 day canoe trip to a Waorani community on the Nushino River. 

Afternoon

ANTH:  Amazonian Religion and Nature (3cr)


Contact Hours: 45  Credits: 3
Instructor: Tod Swanson

Full Syllabus

 

Course Description 

The course examines Amazonian cultural knowledge of water, weather, plant and animal life seeking to uncover underlying assumptions that constitute a systematic, if implicit, religious philosophy of nature.  It also teaches students how to ask key questions and to carry out qualitative ethnographic research in the Cultural Anthropology and the Humanities.  How do Amazonian people understand their relatedness to a natural world believed to be alive and human-like?  How do they understand the hidden social lives of plants and animals.  What is believed to cause new species to emerge or to become extinct? How are human emotions related to the seasonal cycle of rains?  How is plant and animal ecology believed to serve as a model for understanding human society and vice versa.  What aesthetic, emotional or religious practices were developed to create bonds of empathy or communication between human beings and the natural world.

 

Learning Objectives:

•  Learn to analyze Amazonian narratives on plant and animal origins 
•  Understand the aesthetics of Amazonian engagement of other species.   
•  Understand how nature works as a pattern for organizing Amazonian social life and conversely, how social life works as a model for understanding nature.
•  Learn to carry out qualitative research in Cultural Anthropology and the Humanities.

Professor Walter Carson
Professor Lee Dyer

Professor Thomas Walla

Professor Tod Swanson

 

Itinerary

Saturday June 27

11:30 PM Arrive in Quito Shuttle to Real Audiencia

 

Sunday,  June 28


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 Iyarina

7:00 PM Dinner

 

Monday  June 29

8:00 Breakfast

9-12  Tropical Ecology

1:00 Lunch

2-4 Introduction to the Ecuadorian Amazon.    Swanson

7:00 Dinner 

Tuesday, June 30

8:00 Breakfast

9-12  Tropical Ecology

1:00 Lunch

2-5 Amazonian Religion and Nature

7:00 Dinner

Wednesday,  July 1  

8:00 Breakfast

9-12  Tropical Ecology

1:00 Lunch

2-5  Amazonian Religion and Nature

7:00 Dinner

Thursday,  July 2  

8:00 Breakfast

9-12  Tropical Ecology

1:00 Lunch

2-5  Amazonian Religion and Nature

7:00 Dinner

 

Friday,  July 3

8:00 Breakfast

9-12  Tropical Ecology

1:00 Lunch

Afternoon: Free Time

7:00 Dinner

 

Saturday July 4  Free Day.  No Class.

8:00 Breakfast

1:00 Lunch

7:00 Diner

 

Sunday  July 5    Free Day.  No Class.

8:00 Breakfast

1:00 Lunch

7:00 Dinner

 

Monday, July 6  

8:00 Breakfast

9-12  Tropical Ecology

1:00 Lunch

2-5  Amazonian Religion and Nature

7:00 Dinner

 

Tuesday,  July 7 

8:00 Breakfast

9-12  Tropical Ecology

1:00 Lunch

2-5  Amazonian Religion and Nature

7:00 Dinner

                 

Wednesday,  July 8    

8:00 Breakfast

9-12  Tropical Ecology

1:00 Lunch

2-5  Amazonian Religion and Nature

7:00 Dinner

Thursday July 9

8:00 Breakfast

9-12  Tropical Ecology

1:00 Lunch

2-5  Amazonian Religion and Nature

7:00 Dinner

 

Friday,  July 10

8:00 Breakfast

Travel to Waorani  community on the Nushino River

 

Saturday July 11  Waorani Community on the Nushino River

8:00 Breakfast

9-12  Class

1:00 Lunch

2-5  Class

7:00 Diner

 

Sunday  July 12   Waorani Community on the Rio Nushino

8:00 Breakfast

9-12  Class

1:00 Lunch

2-5  Class

7:00 Dinner

 

Monday, July 13   Return from Rio Nushino

Tuesday, July 14  Free Day

 

Wednesday, July 15  Free Day

Thursday,  July 16  

8:00 Breakfast

9-12  Tropical Ecology

1:00 Lunch

2-5  Amazonian Religion and Nature

7:00 Dinner

 

Friday, July 17  

8:00 Breakfast

9-12  Tropical Ecology

1:00 Lunch

2-5  Free time

7:00 Dinner

Saturday, July 18   Free Day.  No Class.

8:00 Breakfast

9-12  Class

1:00 Lunch

2-5  Class

7:00 Diner

 

Sunday, July 19     Free Day.  No Class.

8:00 Breakfast

9-12  Class

1:00 Lunch

2-5  Class

7:00 Diner

 

Monday, July 20 

8:00 Breakfast

9-12  Tropical Ecology

1:00 Lunch

2-5  Amazonian Religion and Nature

7:00 Dinner

 

Tuesday, July 21  

8:00 Breakfast

9-12  Tropical Ecology

1:00 Lunch

2-5  Amazonian Religion and Nature

7:00 Dinner

 

Wednesday, July 22 

8:00 Breakfast

9-12  Tropical Ecology

1:00 Lunch

2-5  Amazonian Religion and Nature

7:00 Dinner

 

Thursday, July  23 

8:00 Breakfast

9-12  Tropical Ecology

1:00 Lunch

2-5  Amazonian Religion and Nature

7:00 Dinner

Friday,  July  24 

8:00 Breakfast

9-12 Tropical Ecology Wind up

1:00 Lunch

Travel to the airport

Saturday July 25

Arrive home. 

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