University of Nevada at Reno   Ecuador Tropical Ecology Program   June 29-July 20, 2019

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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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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.

Photographs of animals in the Yasuni

Professor Lee Dyer
Professor Tod Swanson
Professor Walter Carson

Cost

 

Cost :  $4855; Out-of-State: (Includes lodging, 3 meals per day 6 credits of tuition in country travel and excursions). 

 

Frequently Asked Questions

Itinerary

Saturday June 29

11:30 PM Arrive in Quito Shuttle to Real Audiencia

 

Sunday,  June 30


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  1

8:00 Breakfast

9-12  Tropical Ecology

1:00 Lunch

2-4 Hike in the cloud forest

7:00 Dinner at Iyarina

Tuesday, July 2

8:00 Breakfast

9-12  Tropical Ecology

1:00 Lunch

2-5 Introduction to the Ecuadorian Amazon.    Swanson

7:00 Dinner

Wednesday,  July 3   

8:00 Breakfast

9-12  Tropical Ecology

1:00 Lunch

2-5  Amazonian Religion and Nature

7:00 Dinner

Thursday,  July 4   

8:00 Breakfast

9-12  Tropical Ecology

1:00 Lunch

2-5  Amazonian Religion and Nature

7:00 Dinner

 

Friday,  July 5

8:00 Breakfast

9-12  Tropical Ecology

1:00 Lunch

Afternoon: Free Time

7:00 Dinner

 

Saturday July 6  Free Day.  No Class.

8:00 Breakfast

1:00 Lunch

7:00 Diner

 

Sunday  July 7    Free Day.  No Class.

8:00 Breakfast

1:00 Lunch

7:00 Dinner

 

Monday, July 8  

8:00 Breakfast

9-12  Tropical Ecology

1:00 Lunch

2-5  Amazonian Religion and Nature

7:00 Dinner

 

Tuesday,  July 9 

8:00 Breakfast

9-12  Tropical Ecology

1:00 Lunch

2-5  Amazonian Religion and Nature

7:00 Dinner

                 

Wednesday,  July 10    

8:00 Breakfast

9-12  Tropical Ecology

1:00 Lunch

2-5  Amazonian Religion and Nature

7:00 Dinner

Thursday July 11

8:00 Breakfast

9-12  Tropical Ecology

1:00 Lunch

2-5  Amazonian Religion and Nature

7:00 Dinner

 

Friday,  July 12

8:00 Breakfast

Travel to Yasuni National Park

 

Saturday July 13   Yasuni National Park

8:00 Breakfast

9-12  Class

1:00 Lunch

2-5  Class

7:00 Diner

 

Sunday  July 14   Yasuni National Park

8:00 Breakfast

9-12  Class

1:00 Lunch

2-5  Class

7:00 Dinner

 

Monday, July 15   Return from Yasuní National Park

Tuesday, July 16  Free Day

 

Wednesday, July 17  Free Day

Thursday,  July 18  

8:00 Breakfast

9-12  Tropical Ecology

1:00 Lunch

2-5  Amazonian Religion and Nature

7:00 Dinner

 

Friday, July 19  

8:00 Breakfast

9-12  Tropical Ecology

1:00 Lunch

2-5  Free time

7:00 Dinner

Saturday, July 20 

8:00 Breakfast

9-12  Class

1:00 Lunch

2 PM  Travel to the Airport and return.

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