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Ecuador Tropical Biology 

Tropical Ecology and Biodiversity

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

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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 at remote biological research stations in the Ecuadorian Amazon and Andes Mountains as a base for terrestrial and rainforest studies. Then, it's off to the Galápagos 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. 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. 

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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


  • Hike to a biological reserve in the Andes that Broadreach helped to build
  • Live at a remote research station in the heart of the Amazon jungle
  • Snorkel and explore the islands of the Galápagos 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

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  • College
Community Service & Academics
  • 15 Hours
  • 3 Credits
  • Locations
  • Amazon Research Station
  • Andes Mountains
  • Galápagos Islands
  • Quito

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