3 Programs in Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands

During the coming summer, I have three programs running in the Ecuadorian Andes and the Galapagos Islands.  There is something for everyone!  A senior field camp course, an intro level field experience, and a not-for-credit field adventure.


SDSMT Ecuador Field Camp

This field camp will be in its 6th year in 2018.  The course in Field Geology offers 4 credits in 4 weeks in the Ecuadorian Andes.  Students will learn the about of the geology and tectonics of this region, the fundamentals of volcanic activity, the hazards associated with life near active volcanoes and the efforts to monitor activity and prevent disaster.  The course will also travel to a mining district to discuss metallurgic deposits related to ancient igneous activity.  Students from all universities are welcome.


BGSU Ecuador Study Abroad

This 1000-level course provides students of all interests an opportunity to study plate tectonics, volcanic geology, geologic hazards, ecology and evolution in textbook localities.  Three days will be spent in the Ecuadorian Andes investigating continental arc volcanism, and then 6 days will be spend visiting the Galapagos Islands to study an oceanic hotspot setting.  Guest students are welcome.


GEOetc. Ecuador Field Adventure

This nine-day (8 night) field trip to Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands will expand your knowledge of plate tectonics, volcanic activity, and volcanic hazards by visiting two textbook settings.  We will explore a classic continental arc setting in the Andes Mountains as well as an oceanic hotspot, allowing for the study of the deposits and features of andesitic composite volcanoes and basaltic shield volcanoes.  In addition to the fundamentals of the tectonic and volcanic processes, in the Andes, we will discuss the hazards of living amongst so many active volcanoes and in the Islands, we will investigate how the volcanic and tectonic history has shaped the evolution of species that inspired Darwin.