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Tropical Field Ecology in Peru

Are you ready for an adventure? Experience Peru in summer 2011 with TU Professor Harald Beck. This program provides a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for students to conduct ecological research in the heart of the Amazonian rainforest in Peru. Participants will spend time in the city of Cusco and visit different major tropical ecosystems to study their abiotic, biotic, and ecological settings. After a 3-day boat trip on the Manu River, students will arrive at the remote Cocha Cashu Biological Station in Manu National Park - one of the largest and most pristine rainforest reserves in the world. At the site, students will carry out their independent research projects in teams including data collection, statistical analyses, and writing a journal style manuscript. Participants will also have the opportunity to interact with other researchers from national and international research institutions while staying at the field station. Through lectures, seminars, and hikes, students will gain a comprehensive understanding of tropical ecology and be exposed to the Peruvian culture and people. Program highlights include a visit to the lost city of Machu Picchu, a bus trip across the Andes mountain range, and numerous hikes and night-walks to explore the different local tropical habitats. Peruvian Amazonian Study: Towson University Thinking Outside Housing: Tent camping in the rainforest, hotels and lodges including Pantiacolla Lodge. Program Director: Dr. Harald Beck - Towson University Dept. of Biological Sciences. Course: BIOL 447/547: Tropical Field Ecology in Peru (4 credits). Students may fulfill units toward their Latin American Studies elective requirements in consultation with the Latin American Studies program director prior to departure. TU students may receive Honors credit for their study abroad experience. Honors College credit Cost: *Approx. $4,100 includes academic credit, housing, health insurance, roundtrip airfare, excursions, and most meals. Additional costs include $150 study abroad fee, any meals not included, and personal expenses. *The Towson University Study Abroad Office reserves the right to make any necessary changes including adjustments in cost in the event that unforeseen circumstances arise. Scholarships Eligibility: Students must have a cumulative GPA of 2.5, a high school diploma or equivalent experience, and be at least 18 years old. Application Process: Fill out the application and submit it to the TU Study Abroad Office. $250 deposit is required at time of application. Non-TU undergraduate students must also submit a completed Non-Degree Enrollment Application. Non-TU graduate students must also submit an Application for Graduate School. Application (PDF) Non-Degree Enrollment Application (PDF) (Non-TU students only) Application for Graduate School (PDF) (Non-TU students only) Application Deadline: MARCH 15, 2011. Admission is on a rolling basis. Early application is advised as space is limited. For further information: Contact Dr. Harald Beck, Dept. of Biological Sciences, 410-704-3125 or the TU Study Abroad Office. Study Abroad Office Administration Building, 2nd Floor Monday - Friday, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Phone: 410-704-2451 Fax: 410-704-4703 Email: studyabroad@towson.edu

Learning Course: BIOL 447/547: Tropical Field Ecology in Peru
Project Timeframe: May 26 - June 19, 2011

Environment & Green Initiatives, Science & Technology

TU Faculty/Staff, TU Students

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Harald Beck
Assistant Professor


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Cocha Cashu Biological Station in Manu National Park

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