AN EXPLORATION OF BIODIVERSITY, NATURAL HISTORY, AND CONSERVATION OF PATAGONIA
Alejandro Vagelli, Department of Biology
Spring Break 2020
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This course will immerse students in a holistic learning experience on the natural history of coastal Patagonia. It will cover fundamental processes that explain the origin, patterns, and evolution of its biological diversity, as well as its present conservation challenges. It will help students to develop scientific skills by combining theoretical concepts with field activities that will take place within a wildlife refuge located in the Province of Chubut, Argentina. The refuge is managed by Fundación Patagonia Natural (http://www.patagonianatural.org) with the aims of preserving the coastal Patagonian steppe, conducting scientific research, and implementing conservation programs. This ~ 6,700 ha conservation area is situated in the buffer zone of "Península Valdés," an UNESCO Natural World Heritage Site.
Students will survey coastal intertidal communities, learn about the Patagonian steppe ecology and wildlife monitoring techniques. Students will conduct paleontological surveys of the Mid-Late Miocene age, a rich assemblage of marine invertebrates and vertebrates, will learn fossils identification, and how to interpret environmental and ecological characteristics of former ecosystems. Students will observe and learn about a diverse endemic wildlife, which includes reptiles, guanacos, and rheas, as will visit Península Valdés to observe the charismatic Patagonian marine fauna, including orcas, elephant seals, whales, and penguins. Moreover, students will learn about the main conservation challenges facing Patagonia, including increased tourism, fisheries, and offshore oil exploration.
Program Cost Includes:
International health insurance
Some meals and excursions
Program Cost Does Not Include:
Passport, visa, or airport entrance or exit fees (if applicable)Vaccinations
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