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Ecuador Tropical Biology 

Tropical Ecology and Biodiversity

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Leave the classroom behind and join us for an in-the-field exploration of tropical animal and plant biodiversity in the magnificent Galapagos Islands and the Amazon jungle.  

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Tropical ecosystems exhibit an amazing degree of biodiversity and species richness. Although these regions all share geographical proximity to the equator, they take diverse forms ranging from mountain highlands and rainforests to island archipelagos and marine environments. This course will explore the diversity of tropical ecosystems, illustrate the array of species that inhabit them, attempt to explain the ecological foundations of how and why these areas exhibit such richness and illustrate the importance of these regions in terms of global biodiversity and conservation.

We will explore a variety of tropical ecosystems using the Tiputini Biological Station in the Ecuadorian Amazon as a base for terrestrial and rainforest studies and the Galapagos Academic Institute for the Arts and Sciences in the Galapagos Islands to focus on island biogeography and marine ecology. Students will take part in traditional academics and activity-based experiential learning, and will learn about ecological research methodology from local scientists and visiting field researchers.  

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“I’m going home with a deeper, more sincere, intimate connection to my environment— because I came on this trip.” — Sydney Linder, Providence, RI

Earn Three natural science college credits through Lesley University. Conduct your own independent research project in one of the most diverse areas in the world. Walk away with valuable, hands on experience in ecological survey techniques.


3 natural science college credits through Lesley University


15 hours of community service


  • Earn 3 college Ecology credits through Lesley University
  • Conduct an independent research project
  • Hands on studies of Amazonian and Galapagos flora and fauna
  • Conduct research and learn survey techniques
  • Learn about and practice sustainable tourism and preservation techniques
  • Trek through the Andes mountains at 14,000 feet

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  • College
Community Service & College Credit
  • 15 Hours
  • 3 Credits
  • Highlights
  • Hike to Alto Coca, a biological reserve Broadreach helped to build
  • Visit the Tiputini Biodiversity Station in the Amazon jungle
  • Work at the world-famous GAIAS Research Station in the Galapagos
  • Snorkel and explore the islands of the Galapagos archipelago
  • Experience Required
  • Minimum 18 years old
  • High school Graduate
  • High school or college Biology
  • Minimum GPA: 2.50
  • Completed at least one semester at college or graduated high school over a year ago
  • Locations
  • Galapagos Islands
  • Quito
  • Tiputini Biodiversity Station

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