Galapagos Islands – Fall 3-Week, 2018; November – December, 2018
- Mary Quade, associate professor of English
- Sandy Madar, professor of biology and biomedical humanities
Natural History in the Early 21st Century (INTD 318, 3 credit hours)
Discover the natural history of the Galápagos Islands, featured prominently in the writings of Charles Darwin whose observations of the islands were critical to his proposal for the evolution of living organisms by the process of natural selection. Fortunately for contemporary visitors, the islands and their wildlife are relatively intact, and many things that Darwin observed are observable today.
Since Darwin’s time, many natural historians, scientists, ecologists, writers and curious visitors have made the trip and added to Darwin’s original inventory and set of observations. The islands are volcanic in origin, and this geological history raises important questions of adaptation to new environments, a question of great interest to natural historians and evolutionary biologists.
This course tentatively includes five days of class and orientation prior to the trip and 11 days in the Galápagos Islands.
- Visit three of the four islands Darwin visited plus five to six others
- Explore Puerto Ayora and spend a day on Isla Santa Cruz
- Visit the Charles Darwin Research Station – an international facility dedicated to research into securing the conservation of the Galápagos – and tour its tortoise and iguana rearing facilities
- Observe not only native wildlife, but introduced species and the ecological problems they cause
- Learn about the history of the early inhabitants of locations such as Puerto Egas on Isla Santiago or Post Office Bay on Floreana
Students will be required to attend on-campus orientation sessions prior to the trip and are responsible for obtaining a passport, passport fees and personal expenses.
- Estimated Program Cost: $7,800; Costs include round trip airfare, housing, meals, entrance fees and tips. Personal expenses, passport fees, and independent travel are not included.
- Application Deadline: March 8, 2018; A $75 non-refundable fee will be billed to your Hiram College account upon receipt of your application. This fee is used to pay for processing costs, an International Student Identity Card, passport holder, and luggage tags.