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Fall in Madagascar

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    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 MacArthur 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.

    Location Ranomafana National Park, Madagascar
    Program Type Faculty-Led Program
    Program Term Fall
    Program Dates Fall 2024 dates: to be announced (usually first week of September through the third week of November - 11 weeks total).
    Language of Instruction English
    Budget View Budget
    Living Arrangements Students will stay at the lovely residence halls in RNP. Meals are provided in the central dining facility. Clean water, modern baths, and internet are available. Courses are conducted in buildings associated with the research station and in the forest proper.
    Additional Information Faculty-Led study abroad programs may require group travel. Please reach out to your IAP Coordinator prior to making any travel arrangements.
    Program Housing Statement: Stony Brook University is required to comply with the housing policies of the host country, partner institution and/or hotel/hostel. These policies may include requirements such as sex-based housing placement.


    GPA 2.0 GPA or higher
    Other Requirements All undergraduate students in good academic standing may apply
    Application Deadline March 1
    Candidates may be interviewed to determine their qualifications for participating and representing Stony Brook University abroad

    Student Feedback

    • "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

  • Academic Information

    Course Information

    Students will take all five 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 351 Biodiversity Assessment Methods for Tropical Field Research. This intense experiential learning course is geared towards undergraduate students interested in field research in the tropics. Students will explore both the practical aspects of field biological research and conceptual topics related to tropical biodiversity. Emphasis will be learning to measure the species diversity, and population density of the species of plants, birds, mammals, insects, amphibians and reptiles of Madagascar. Emphasis will be placed on critical thinking with regards to the origins of tropical biodiversity. Practical, hands on field techniques and methods will be conducted including safety, mapping, line transect surveys, mist netting, behavioral observations and collecting and preserving samples, photography, and measurement of environmental variables such climate.
      • ANP or ANT 387 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.

    Fall in Madagascar

    Academic Policies

    • Students must maintain full-time status while abroad
    • 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.
    • Students following the Stony Brook Curriculum (SBC) may request for GLO and EXP+ in addition to requirements fulfilled by their coursework.

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