On-Campus Course Dates: See Canvas
International Travel Dates: May 24 - June 14, 2019
(Depart from U.S.A. - Depart from host country)
This program will explore key ecological and evolutionary concepts through the reading and review of primary literature while on the University of Kentucky's campus. These will include dispersal, niche theory, competition theory, competitive exclusion principle, species abundance, diversity, kleptoparasitism, and speciation. Once the group arrives at the Galapagos Islands, observations and analyses will be performed from observations made directly with aspects of biology that occur on the islands.
The first two weeks in the Galapagos will be on San Cristobal Island where students will carry out group projects and observe island culture, geology and biology. The third week will have the students travelling by boat to four additional islands, making ecological and evolutionary comparisons of how biodiversity varies from island to island.
With respect to evolutionary biology, the Galapagos Islands are 'ground zero' in being where Charles Darwin's observations eventually led to his grand theory of descent with modification. The best place to learn evolution is on the islands that inspired Darwin!
For a draft of the day-by-day itinerary, click here!
- See first-hand how geology shapes evolution!
- Experience the same amazing biodiversity that Darwin saw in the Galapagos Islands!
- Complete a hands-on advanced course in evolution while earning 5 credit hours (BIO 580 + EAP 599)!
This program is open to undergraduate and graduate students from all academic disciplines who have at least a 3.0 GPA and have received a grade of B or higher in BIO 303. All participants must have also read and understood the program-specific summary of risks for this program.
For more information on how to apply to the University of Kentucky as a visiting student, go to UK Admissions or UK Graduate School Admissions. Non-UK students should consult with the program director prior to applying to ensure that they have the proper academic background for the course.
UK Faculty-Directed programs are conducted by University of Kentucky faculty and staff. UK GPA credits and grades will be awarded by the program director for the successful and timely completion of all required program activities and assignments, including any required on-campus meetings before or after the program's international travel.
- Students will enroll in BIO 580: Evolutionary Ecology of the Galapagos Archipelago (4 credit hours).
- All students will be enrolled in EAP 599: Study Abroad (1 credit hour), but graduate students will not be required to complete EAP 599-related coursework. Graduate students may opt out of EAP 599 altogether if they wish, however, graduate students who opt out of the course altogether will have to pay tuition for the above listed course.
Housing & Meals
Students will reside in homestays for the duration of their time in Ecuador. Students will be responsible for arranging their own on or off-campus housing for the portion of the program taking place on UK's campus. More information about on-campus summer housing rates can be found here.
Most meals will be provided while in Ecuador, but students will be responsible for the cost of all on-campus meals before and after travel to Ecuador (as well as meals not included as part of the program fee) on their own.
Costs and cancellation policies vary by program. Please see the "Program Costs and Budget" information page. Be sure to consider the associated UK costs, program specifications, and related travel expenses.
Note that costs related to the time students will be on campus before and after travel to Ecuador (housing, meals, etc.) are not included in the Program Fee linked above. Students will need to pay for these expenses out-of-pocket in addition to the billable costs related to the international portion of the program. More information about on-campus summer housing rates can be found here
This program runs in collaboration with the University of Kentucky and the Universidad San Francisco de Quito (USFQ). Students will complete an application with UK Education Abroad (online, this website) and supplemental materials with USFQ. The supplemental application materials are for administrative purposes and will be provided to all accepted students AFTER the UK application deadline.