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Fall 2014 Madagascar

About the Program

Stony Brook University, a leader in primatology, ecology and evolution and sustainability studies offers an undergraduate Study Abroad program in Madagascar. The program is led by Dr. Patricia Wright, renowned scholar and McArthur Fellow. Student participants may enroll in up to four courses and earn up to fifteen credits. Courses will be offered by resident and visiting scholars of Ornithology, Entomology, Ichthyology, Limnology, Botany, Anthropology, Zoology and Primatology.

Students study and conduct research alongside Malagasy and other international students at the research station with guidance from field course instructors. Independent research will contribute to the understanding of the bio-dynamics of the Ranomafana National Park and the linkage between the park and the indigenous population.

Course of Study

Students will take all four of the following for a total of 15 credits:

  • ANP 307 Comparing Ecosystems in MadagascarThis 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. Throughout the course, we will pay attention to conservation threats that menace the well-being of lemurs today.
  • ANP 326 Lemurs of Madagascar A cross-country trip will provide students with the opportunity to examine and compare ecosystems as diverse as rainforest, dry deciduous forest, spiny desert, mangrove swamps and coral reefs. At each stop, students will learn about the evolutionary adaptations that make the region unique and current conservation threats to local biodiversity.
  • ANP 391 Topics in Physical Anthropology: An Introduction to Field MethodsStudents 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.
  • ANP or ANT 487 Independent Study: Research in Biology, Natural History, or Anthropology (both Cultural and Physical)Students will design and execute an independent research project on the topic of their choice. This usually involves collecting and analyzing data, which is then presented to peers, professors, and visitors at Centre ValBio. Students in the past have conducted projects focusing on topics such as primates, reptiles, amphibians, conservation, culture, sustainability, and more.

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Course Information

Location Ranomafana National Park, Madagascar
Language of Instruction English
Language Proficiency N/A
Program Type Group experience led by SBU faculty
Program Dates September 10 - November 27
Living Arrangements Students will stay at the newly-built residence halls in RNP. Meals are provided in the central dining facility. Courses are conducted in buildings associated with the research station and in the forest proper.

Eligibility

GPA 2.0 GPA or higher
Other Requirements All undergraduate students in good academic standing may apply
Application Deadline May 15
Candidates may be interviewed to determine their qualifications for participating and representing Stony Brook University abroad.

Program Cost

Application Fee $60
Tuition Rate $3,085 per semester for NY residents; $9,795 per semester for non-residents
Program Fee $6,500 per semester (includes housing, three meals per day, and group excursions)
Administrative Fee $200 (non-refundable)
International Health Insurance $55 per month approximately
Other Fees

It is suggested that students bring at least $300 personal spending money. A list of all necessary personal camping supplies and text books will be provided but not included in the program fee.

Travel Costs

Estimated Airfare: $2,100-$2,600.  All student participants will travel together to the study abroad site.  Students who do not abide by this policy may be dismissed from the program.

Costs are estimates for planning purposes of the student and are subject to change at any point.

Cost Comparison: The average cost for a full time Stony Brook Student including tuition, insurance, housing, and meal plan is approximately $10,445 in-state and $15,735 out-of-state.

More Information

Credits earned on this program WILL calculate toward a student's GPA At Stony Brook University.  Non-SBU students are advised to check their home university policy on grade and credit transfer.

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Contact Information

Jen Green
Study Abroad Advisor
International Academic Programs
Stony Brook University
E1340 Melville Library
Stony Brook, N.Y. 11794-3397
Tel: (631) 632-7030
Fax:
Erin Achilles
Study Abroad Coordinator
Institute for the Conservation of Tropical Environments
Stony Brook University
SBS Building, 5th Floor, Room N-541
Stony Brook, N.Y. 11794-3397
Tel: (631) 632-7813
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