This internship program takes students to the South Pacific islands of Samoa and New Zealand to learn foundational concepts in ecology, research, and ecosystem conservation. By spending time conducting authentic coral reef ecology and rainforest conservation research we will quantify and address drivers of environmental degradation.
Participants will spend extensive time conducting research on the effectiveness of marine protected areas and develop and evaluate the best approaches to coral restoration and management of invasive species. Central to this experience is seeing how Polynesian cultures have addressed conservation issues including village- and community-scale projects to address climate change.
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