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  • Locations: Coca, Ecuador; Gal├ípagos Islands, Ecuador; Quito, Ecuador
  • Program Terms: Intersession
  • Budget Sheets: Intersession
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
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Fact Sheet:
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GPA Requirement: 3.0 Housing Type: Cabin on ship, Hotel
Language of Instruction: English Areas of Study: Behavioral Sciences, Earth & Environment, Natural Sciences
Program Type: Hopkins-sponsored Credit Type: Hopkins credit (grades impact Hopkins GPA)
Program Advisor: Jessica Mervis Language Prerequisite: No
Hopkins Application Fee: $25 (total for up to 3 intersession apps submitted)
Program Description:

This course is an introduction to Tropical Biology and Evolution held in Ecuador’s Highlands, Rain Forest, and in the Galapagos Islands.

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Hopkins Intersession in Ecuador & the Galapagos:
Tropical Biology & Evolution

Ecuador - Group on Equator

This course begins with two days of classroom lectures to provide firstly, an overview of modern-day Ecuador; political, economic and social system, and it's past history, This will be followed with lectures introducing students to the fundamental concepts of biological species and populations and animal communication in the context of ecosystems and evolution. The biodiversity and biogeography of Ecuador and the Galapagos islands will be discussed followed by analysis of rainforest and aquatic ecosystems. In addition the components of Sexual and Natural Selection will be compared.Blue Footed- Giordano,Chaney

The field trip component of this trip will take us to Ecuadorean cloud forests, rainforests, Andes highlands and the Galapagos Islands, essentially recreating the portion of Charles Darwin's voyage to South America, which led to the development of his ideas on Natural Selection.

Arrival in Baltimore: Saturday, January 11, 2020
On Campus: Sunday, January 12 and Monday, January 13, 2020
Ecuador: Tuesday, January 14 - Saturday, January 25, 2020

Program Info Session
Tuesday, September 17, 2019
Latrobe 120Ecuador - Canopy Amazon

Intersession Abroad Fair
A great opportunity to meet program instructors and alumni and have your questions answered in person.

Wednesday, September 11, 2019
5:00 - 6:30 pm
Hodson 2nd Floor Lobby 


The course travels throughout Ecuador to Quito, the Amazon Rainforest, Ecuador's Highlands, and the Galapagos Islands.

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Areas of Study

  • Behavioral Biology
  • Tropical Biology
  • Evolution
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  • Open to all majors
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Courses and CreditsEcuador - Monkey Picano

Students will earn 3 graded Natural Sciences (N) credits for the following course:
AS.290.236 Ecuador & Galapagos: Tropical Biology & Evolution

The final grade will be based on a field notebook that the student keeps (30%), participation (20%), and a final 10-15 page research paper due about two weeks after the end of the program (50%).

The course will be taught by Dr. Richard Shingles, Lecturer in Biology; Dr. Christov Roberson, Lecturer in Biology; and Dr. Kisi Bohn, Assistant Research Professor in Behavioral Biology.

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CostEcuador - Seals

$7,760. The program cost will be billed to the JHU student account and includes airfare, housing, excursions, all meals, transportation, yellow fever vaccination, and international health insurance.

Scholarship Opportunities

Hopkins Intersession Scholarships: Oct 2 Deadline

Majors in Behavioral Biology who apply for the above scholarship and will also be considered for additional funding from the department.
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Students will stay in a variety of accommodations in Ecuador from hotels in Quito and the Highlands to a lodge in the Amazon Rainforest to a boat in the Galapagos Islands.

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Application Process

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This program is currently not accepting applications.