Study Abroad: Undergraduate Programs

STUDY ABROAD MADAGASCAR is a rigorous program focused on the biodiversity of Madagascar and the training of future scientists and explorers. All courses are taught in English by PhD faculty with extensive experience working in Madagascar. Lecture courses will prepare students to tackle the tough questions posed by the complexity of tropical ecosystems, while hands-on fieldwork will demonstrate the methodologies of tropical field biology. Excursions to other parts of the country introduce students to the diversity of Madagascar’s environments, biodiversity, and cultures. Students who complete this program will be well-prepared for advanced studies in Anthropology or Tropical Biology. The Study Abroad programs are open to all students in colleges and universities across the US.

Fall Program

Participants: Up to 25 university juniors and seniors, each fall.

Dates: Application deadline is May 1. The program runs early-September to late November. Payment of Program Fee and purchase of airfare are required by Aug 1.

Academic Credit: Students in the program will be matriculated at Stony Brook University for one semester and, upon successful completion, will receive up to 15 undergraduate semester hours, which–at the discretion of the home institution–may be transferred and used in the fulfillment of the requirements for a Bachelor's Degree.

Courses: (15 credits total in Anthropology/Biology)

Summer Program

Participants:Up to 20 university juniors and seniors, each Summer
Corresponds to Stony Brook University's Summer Session I
Courses: (9 credits total in Anthropology/Biology)

Study Abroad Courses

ANP/BIO 391 An Introduction to Field Methods (Offered in Summer)
Students will learn the methods used by field biologists to study biodiversity within a tropical forest. Instruction will include exposure to techniques such as: behavioral sampling of non-human primates, mist netting understory birds, stream ecology assessment, botanical sampling methods, pitfall trapping of invertebrates, small mammal trapping, herpetological assessments, and field applications for geographical information technology. This course will also incorporate an Ecological Monitoring Project. Students will initiate a long-term study of invasive plant species within the forests of RNP. In carrying out this project, students will have an opportunity to apply the field methods techniques that they have learned and provide much needed information to the conservation community and RNP management staff.

ANP 326 Lemurs of Madagascar (Offered Fall, Spring and Summer)
The course explores the biology, ecology, social behavior, and conservation of Madagascar’s lemurs. We will discuss case studies based on current field and captive research, in this way highlighting important principles in behavior and ecology. Critical thinking on current topics in general primate behavior will be emphasized through various discussion formats. The evolutionary continuum between humans and other primates will be explored. Throughout the course, we will pay attention to conservation threats that menace the well-being of lemur today.

ANT 305 Culture and Language of Madagascar (Offered Fall, Spring and Summer)
This course introduces students to the Malagasy culture. Students will attend formal classes at the Centre ValBio Research Campus (CVB). Outings to meet with local community and school groups, and attend a variety of cultural activities within the towns and villages that surround Ranomafana National Park will give students an opportunity to practice their language skills and expand their understanding of Malagasy culture.

ANP 307/BIO Comparing Ecosystems in Madagascar (Offered Fall session, Spring session and Summer session)
This course introduces students to the biodiversity and diversity of ecosystems on the island of Madagascar. Readings, lectures and quizzes are given throughout the course, with a final exam at the end. First the students will explore the different habitats within Ranomafana National Park (RNP) at the Centre ValBio Research Station. For part of the course students and faculty will travel across Madagascar, observing wild ring-tailed lemurs in a scenic granite outcrop within a community conservation reserve, studying lemurs and chameleons in the Grand Canyon like cliffs of Isalo National Park, watching mudskippers in the mangroves along the Mozambique Channel, observing rare birds and baobabs in the spiny desert, snorkeling off the coral reefs. At the end of the course, students will travel north to the rainforest of the Mantadia National Park for a comparison with RNP and to listen to
the wailing cry of the Indri and observe the diademed sifakas.

ANP 447 Reading in Biological Anthropology

ANP 487 Independent Research

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International Academic Programs
Melville Library, E-5340
Stony Brook University
Stony Brook, NY 11794-3397

Phone: (631) 632-7030

Links of Interest:

Read a blog created by one of our 2009 Study Abroad participants.

Watch a video on Madagascar produced by one of our 2008 Study Abroad students. The video has won the 2011 "Merit for Conservation" award from the International Wildlife Film committee.