Tropical Ecology Program
The Division of International Programs and the Center for Ecology & Conservation Biology at Boston University offer a semester-long Tropical Ecology Program in collaboration with the Universidad San Francisco de Quito in Ecuador. Designed specifically for biology and environmental science concentrators, this program provides a unique 18-credit program in which students study the ecology of tropical Ecuador through intensive field-based learning experiences.
Students live at different field sites during the semester, including one month at the Tiputini Biodiversity Station in the Amazon rainforest, one month in the Andes, three weeks on the Pacific coast, and one week on the Galapagos Islands. Students take a three-week Spanish and Culture course at the beginning of the semester and live with Ecuadorian families in Quito when not in the field. The four ecology courses are taught in English.
Dr. Christopher Schneider
Boston University Center for Ecology & Conservation Biology
5 Cummington Mall, BRB 431
Boston, MA 02215
Clarie Schenkel works in Dr. Kim McCall's laboratory studying programmed cell death in the ovaries of the fruit fly Drosophila melanogaster.
Colin Averill recenlty published a paper in the prestigious journal, Ecology, along with his advisor, Dr. Adrien Finzi. His research work focuses on the forms of nitrogen that control the productivity of hardwood and boreal forests.
Curran Uppaluri is pursuing a dual major in both Biology and Economics and works with Dr. Peter Buston investigating whether Amphiprion percula, a type of anemonefish, exhibit definite personality traits.
Michelle McInnis, a senior Biology major working with Prof. Richard Primack, is investigating the effects of a warming climate on the flowering and leafing out times of plants.
Spencer Goodman is a senior working in Dr. John Finnerty's lab investigating gene expression in the parasitic lined sea anemone, Edwardsiella lineata.