Madagascar: Biodiversity and Natural Resource Management
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"I loved the program’s emphasis on field research. We traveled everywhere and researched a variety of topics in completely different ecosystems. One week our group performed a botanical inventory of a section of spiny forest in the Andohahela National Park. Later we traveled to Ifotaka National Park and studied lemur behavior and habitat. Our field studies unit was a great way to see the country and learn about what makes each region unique."
-- Kate Wright, DePauw University
Explore environmental challenges, conservation, and development strategies in Madagascar, an island nation isolated from neighboring landmasses for more than one hundred million years.
Madagascar’s unique evolutionary path has produced immeasurable contributions to the world’s biodiversity —more than 80 percent of the flora and fauna in Madagascar are endemic.
This program offers classroom and field-based instruction in natural and social scientific methods to encourage students to analyze environmental issues in an array of ecosystems — including rainforest, dry spiny thicket, alpine and transitional forest, savannah, gallery and littoral forest, mangrove, and coral reef — and within multiple economic, socio-political, and cultural contexts.
Coursework in French and Malagasy, combined with a homestay, a village stay, and numerous excursions to national parks and other protected areas, offer students a balanced social- and natural-science perspective on long-term conservation and the development needs of local populations. Students also spend a couple of weeks doing research with Malagasy students.
In-country resources and program partners generally include:
- Libanona Ecology Center
- Department of Natural Sciences at University of Antananarivo
- Marine Studies Institute at University of Tuléar
- Madagascar National Parks
- World Wildlife Fund
- Blue Ventures
- Reef Doctor
Duration: 15 weeks
Program Base: Fort Dauphin (Tolagnaro)
Language Study: French, Malagasy
Prerequisites: Coursework in environmental studies, ecology, biology, or related fields; 3 semesters college-level French Read more...
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