- Auckland, New Zealand
- Program Type:
- Study Abroad
- Degree Level:
- Fall Semester
- Program Description:
Our field course begins with the exploration of volcanic and predator-free islands in northern New Zealand. Here, amongst colorful parrots and a dozen rare forest birds, we will hone our species identification skills and examine concepts in insular ecology. As we travel south through the volcanically active center of the North Island, we will study the alpine ecology, geology and human history of the region. We will continue our cultural and ecological inquiries as we paddle the Whanganui River with local Maori.
Once off the river we travel south to an island in the Wellington Harbor and then across the Cook Strait to the South Island. We'll hike through the mountains of the Kahurangi and upward in elevation into the alpine valleys of the majestic Southern Alps. After time spent in the lush Fiordlands, the class will end in Queenstown.
Throughout our field study, team members will take part in key conservation and restoration projects. Together we will closely investigate natural resource management policies, and work with local organizations on issues concerning animal reintroduction and invasive species management. By the close of the program, each of us will have gained firsthand experience with diverse environments and cultures. We'll leave having an intimate understanding of its fascinating ecology, its historical and current environmental challenges, and the conservation efforts being taken to restore it.
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