Ecuador is one of the most interesting, biologically diverse countries in the world. It stretches from the Pacific Coast, over the Andes, and into the Amazon Basin. The animal diversity is astounding, and you will be able to watch it change as we travel from high to low elevation. It is a place for students to effortlessly experience rich culture, adventure, and biology. Students involved in the Ecuador study abroad will combine coursework and mentored research. Research will focus on the evolution of insects with a major focus on dragonflies and beetles. Students will cover a diverse set of habitats and see both the east and west slope of the Andes from dryer forest to deep tropical forests. We will travel mostly by car to document the species present and their distribution and behavior. The study abroad is designed to not only provide a completely unique mentored research experience but to also result in presentations at national meetings and peer-reviewed publications with student authors.
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