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  • Locations: Quito, Ecuador
  • Program Terms: Spring
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
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Click here for a definition of this term Program Description: On-Campus Semester/Summer Course with Short-term Travel Off-campus Click here for a definition of this term Language of Instruction: Exclusively English
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Conservation Biology in Ecuador - BIOL-140, Spring 2020 

Course Location: Ecuador

Estimated Travel Dates: May 24-June 5, 2020    

Travel Fee: $3,900 Travel Fee includes round trip airfare, shared accommodation, most meals in country, travel and health insurance, all academic and cultural excursions. Items not included are personal passport fees, visas, international cell phone data, personal spending, laundry and additional luggage.

Apply online by October 15 - There are a select number of Simmons scholarships designated for undergraduate students enrolling in a Faculty Led Travel Course. Scholarship applications are due October 15.

Upon acceptance, a $400 deposit is due November 15 to confirm your participation

On this summer travel course we will study conservation biology in one of the most biologically diverse countries on the planet. We will visit the Andean Dry Forest, Antisana Highlands, a Cloud Forest, and the Amazon. In each location, we will compare and contrast the biodiversity, examine the major threats facing each ecosystem, and discuss the actions needed to protect and restore biodiversity. We will examine how ecological dynamics, climate change, historical events, and land management practices have altered species and ecosystem health. While at a scientific field research station in the Amazon we will have the opportunity to participate in original scientific research studies.

Faculty Information

Matthew Schwartz, Ph.D:

I joined the Simmons faculty as a full-time Lecturer in the Biology Department in January 2018. I am currently teaching Anatomy and Physiology and Human Development and Genetics at Simmons. I also serve as a PLAN advisor to first year students. I have previously taught at Clark University, Emmanuel College, and Harvard University. I received my PhD in Genetics and Genomics from Harvard University in 2016, where I directed independent and collaborative research in limb development and vertebral patterning. I received my bachelor’s degree in biological sciences from Northwestern University in 2009. After a brief postdoc, I have been pursuing a career in undergraduate education and I am passionate about science education and science communication.

    Open to all undergraduates
    This course is open to COF Students 
    4 credits: As general Simmons policy, traditional full-time undergraduates admitted after Fall 2017 who take greater than 18 credits will be charged per credit for any credit over the 18 credit maximum. Simmons travel courses are 4 credits each and appear on the Spring semester transcript. Students must plan wisely for the Spring semester travel course, in order to avoid credit overload charges.


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