Culture, Conservation, and Natural History of Madagascar
Location: Various locations in Madagascar
Course: Biology 244, offered every other year
Madagascar is a living laboratory of extraordinary natural environments; in fact, 80 percent of its plants and animals are found only on the island. During this course students observe the island's unique plants, animals, and culture while interacting with the Malagasy people. The class explores Madagascar's uniqueness by studying its natural history and culture with an emphasis on the delicate balance among human needs, culture, conservation, and natural resources. The course is interdisciplinary and includes an introduction to the Malagasy language, culture, and tribes, as well as its conservation, natural history, and biodiversity.
Instructors: Professor of Biology Allen Crooker and Technical Assistant in Biology Rob Hunt
Length of program: 23 days