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The Ecology of East Africa
Various, Tanzania (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: May Programs
This program is currently not accepting applications.
Restrictions: Concordia College applicants only
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There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
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Region: Africa/Middle East Duration: 30 Days
Program Leader: Janet Thompson, Joseph Whittaker, Michelle Marko Program Type: Summer Field Studies
Course: Biology 444Z (Field Course) Cost: $8,995 plus $3,040 tuition
Program Description:


Upon arrival in Tanzania, we will start by climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro. On the climb we will observe the different ecosystems associated with each elevation. The next portion of the trip will include conducting the proposed research projects at Ndarakwai Ranch. This is a multi-use land that provides ranchland for native peoples and a wildlife corridor for many animals. Research projects will involve a exploring the flora and fauna of the ranch. Techniques learned from Ndarakwai Ranch will be adapted for work with girls at the MaaSae Girls School. Research projects here will center around the ecology of the coffee plantation and will include reflection regarding cultural perspectives and responsible engagement of scientific research in developing nations. Research projects will give participants an understanding of how to conduct a research project, learn basic field techniques and weigh the complexities of managing a vital resource. The final portion of the course will include safaris in the Serengeti National Park, Ngorongoro Crater, Tarangire National Park and a coastal ecosystem. This portion of the course will be intensive study of animal behavior and bird identification. Join us to experience the diverse ecosystems of East Africa, while observing animals you may only see once in a lifetime!


This biology field course will provide students with the unique opportunity to become immersed in the ecology of east Africa, including savannah, forest, alpine, and coastal habitats. This intense field course will teach students plant and wildlife identification skills, basic monitoring and behavioral ecology techniques, involve writing a literature review, participation in research projects, and composition of research-style papers and presentations based on student research. Students will be exposed to and learn the natural history and ecology of east Africa while also developing an understanding of the socioeconomic and cultural issues of the region.

This will be an experiential and hands-on course. Lectures and discussions will be used in place of lectures while in east Africa. There will be a series of meeting prior to departure to introduce students to topics and issues students will be exposed to once they get to east Africa.


1. To provide you with “hands-on” opportunities to apply learned field techniques while experiencing different African ecosystems.

2. To introduce you to the complex management decisions required when considering scientific and socio-economic issues.

3. For you to learn the process of creating a scientific paper by writing, designing and conducting three experiments.

4. To learn the diverse flora and fauna of sub-saharan Africa.

5. To learn how ethical decisions must be made by examining multiple viewpoints, including scientific, socioeconomic, historical and cultural factors.

This program is currently not accepting applications.