Tom Love, professor of anthropology, will lead the class focusing on the human ecology of Ecuador's lowland forest ecosystems. Participants will study traditional adaptations of local peoples and immigrants, and how the development of oil extraction by major national and international companies has impacted both the wildlife and the people there.
Ecuador boasts unparalleled, world-class biodiversity, ranging from the dry Atacama desert in the southwest, the rugged Andes Mountains, various humid forests and the Galapagos archipelago. The class will spend one week at the Tiputini Biodiversity Station in eastern Ecuador and the second week in a Waorani village. Students will receive an in-depth, firsthand experience with the flora and fauna of some of the best examples of tropical forest in the world. Through Linfield's association with the Universidad San Francisco in Quito, students have learning opportunities in some of the prime locations of this small Andean country.
Cost is approximately $3,000 per person, and includes international airfare, lodging and most meals. Tuition is $795. A $500 deposit is due March 1.
For more information, contact Joanne DeMay, associate director of the Division of Continuing Education, at 503-883-2447 or firstname.lastname@example.org.