Fall 2017 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.
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Course of Study
Students will take all four of the following for a total of 15 credits:
- ANP 307 Comparing Ecosystems in 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 326 Lemurs of Madagascar This 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 350 Methods in Studying Primates One major goal of this course is to introduce the issues in primate methods throughout the tropical regions of the world. We will begin with the history of primatology. Controversial subjects will be discussed such as the frozen zoos as a solution to extinction, reintroduction of primates back into the wild, methods to study infectious diseases, methods to evaluate sustainable development, methods of fund-raising including crowd sourcing for raising awareness of primates.
- ANP 391 Topics in Physical Anthropology: An Introduction to Field Methods 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.
- 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.
Ranomafana National Park, Madagascar
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Group experience led by SBU faculty
September 4 - November 21
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.
2.0 GPA or higher
All undergraduate students in good academic standing may apply
May 15, 2017
$3,235 per semester for NY residents;
$11,855 per semester for non-residents
$6,500 per semester (includes housing, three meals per day, and group excursions)
|International Health Insurance||$55 per month approximately.
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.
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.
- "I went to the other side of the world-Madagascar. Seeing the awesome lemurs and the kind and gentle Malagasy people changed my life" - Lynn Lewis-Bevins, Fall 2015, Madagascar
- “This experience immersed me into an experience that I will never forget. I didn't learn in a traditional classroom, but instead I was thrown out into the field with experts.” – Veronica Tuazon, Fall 2015, Madagascar
- “Being immersed in the culture made things easier; I was living in the ‘coursework,’ the rainforest was my classroom!!” – Katie Seminarino, Fall 2015, Madagascar
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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