Vertebrate Natural History is a 4-credit undergraduate summer course led by Dr. Stephane Boissinot, Department of Biology. The prerequisite is a year of Introductory Biology (BIOL 105 and 106 at Queens College). Due to its complex geological history, a large diversity of natural habitats can be found in Ethiopia. Each of these habitats hosts a different vertebrate fauna that has evolved specific adaptations. This course will present students with a survey of East African vertebrates, focusing on the ecology and evolution of Ethiopian species.
Our journey will start in Awash National Park, where we will explore dry savannah and riverine habitats. Awash is famous for its bird-watching and large mammal fauna (oryx, gazelles, baboons, hyena). Our second stop will be Bale National Park, where we will explore afro-alpine habitats, tropical rain forest, and tropical dry forest. We will observe endemic species such as the Ethiopian wolf and the Mountain Nyala. Our third stop will be the Senkele sanctuary, a typical Great Rift Valley savannah, which hosts the rare Swayne's hartebeest. Our final stop will be Nechisar National Park, which includes a pristine savannah where zebras can be seen, and two lakes where numerous species of birds as well as crocodiles and hippopotamus will be observed.
**Queens College Students Only**
NY departure and return dates: June 5 - 23
Arrive in Ethiopia morning of June 6th
Course: 4 credits
Faculty: Dr. Stephane Boissinot, Queens College Associate Professor, Biology Department
Cost (includes all expenses below except airfare): $2757
CUNY tuition (for in-state, matriculated undergraduates): $920
Travel insurance: $37
Consolidated fee (includes housing, excursions, all in-country fees): $1800
Total cost with airfare: $4257
Airfare: $1500 (estimate)
Application Deadline: April 8, 2013
Programs are open to all undergraduate students from all CUNY campuses (unless restricted by level of study, language fluency, or other program criteria). Travel on Fridays and some Saturdays for some programs.
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