Antarctic Peninsula and Punta Arenas, Chile.
Antarctica is the coldest, driest, and windiest place on earth. Its remoteness has captured the human imagination for centuries. Visit a popular media website or skim the contents table of a leading scientific journal such as Science or Nature and you will quickly find a story or paper about Antarctica, its wildlife and human impacts on the continent. As the only continent designated as a “natural reserve, devoted to peace and science,” Antarctica provides a unique opportunity for research on seabirds and marine mammals, Antarctic food webs, global environmental processes, as well as an excellent example of large-scale international conservation efforts. This course, in class and in Antarctica, we will explore the history, geology, climate, and ecosystems of Antarctica, with special emphasis on current Antarctic marine mammal research and related conservation issues. The course will focus on critical thinking and research skills developed through independent research on topics of interest and discussions of relevant case studies in Antarctic research and conservation. This course combines in-class instruction, online activities, field activities and assignments.
For more information, contact Ari Friedlaender.
(includes: lodging, some meals, ground transportation, etc.)
Total Program Cost Estimate: TBC