KIIS 2014 Summer Ecuador and Galapagos

  • Classes taken:
    • BIOL 430: Evolution: Theory and Process (3 hour course)
    • BIOL 485-1: Field Biology: Tropical Biodiversity and Conservation (3 hour course)
    • BIOL 485-2: Field Biology: Galapagos Islands: Beauty, Significance, and Challenge (1 hour course)
  • Hiked through various ecosystems including the Andean highlands, the tropical intermontane valleys, tropical rainforests, dry lowlands, and the moisture volcanic highlands.
  • Practiced the use of ethograms by examining the behavior of the Olinguito (Bassaricyon neblina).
  • Uncovered and examined the bones of animals found in various ecosystems.
  • Inspected and identified birds in the wild.
  • Discussed the mechanisms and the historical development of the the theory of evolution while using examples from the environment around us.
  • Discussed ecological topics such as ecotourism, threats to animal and plant conservation, and petroleum production while being able to examine these issues first hand.