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April 23rd, 2013 by njandreau

MAR 451 Natural History and Evolution
of Galápagos Fauna, May 21-31 2013

The lecture portion of this class is designed to familiarize students with the biota of the Galápagos Islands. Throughout spring semester we have been studying the natural history, ecology, behavior and evolution of the animals that inhabit the Galápagos, and learning about the endemic flora of the islands. The laboratory portion of the class consists of an 11-day visit to the Galápagos Islands aboard a private yacht.


Map with travel route

We will

  • Explore Otovalo Market, Ecuador’s largest indigenous market
  • Discover the magical biodiversity and biogeography of this world-famous archipelago
  • Walk in Darwin’s footsteps and explore the sites that inspired his legendary theory of evolution
  • Get up close and personal with Red-footed Boobies, Galápagos tortoises, and marine iguanas
  • Watch the Blue-footed Boobies in their mating dance
  • Observe and discuss the effects of development on the islands
  • Enjoy hiking on the islands and stargazing aboard the boat
  • Snorkel with sea lions, marine turtles and other marine wildlife