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EcoQuest Field Studies

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  • City: Whakatiwai
  • Term: Fall, Winter, Spring
  • Instruction in: English
  • Requirements: One college-level course in natural sciences and one in social sciences
  • Students interested in: Biology, Earth and Environmental Sciences; EEB, Environment, Sustainability

Semester: Students take 3 courses as well as conduct team-oriented applied directed research projects with a faculty mentor, in close association with New Zealand research partners and local communities. Projects include ecological monitoring of endemic species and ecosystems, as well as projects that advance sustainable management of natural resources and habitats. Semester students also spend 3 weeks on the South Island. Students stay in cabins at the program Field Center near Auckland on the North Island. Outdoor activities such as kayaking, hiking and snorkeling are all a part of student life. Programs include numerous opportunities for students to learn more about Maori culture and traditions. Students can take up to 18 credits on this program.

Spring: Students explore and conduct field work and research in New Zealand’s stunning terrestrial and marine ecosystems during this intensive program of applied field studies in ecology, resource management, and environmental policy. During the 5-week, 8-credit summer program, students take two courses and conduct field work on a number of offshore islands in the North Island’s Hauraki Gulf.