Madagascar Past and Present: Biodiversity, Extinction & Conservation

A study abroad program will be offered in Madagascar, to run June 12July 12, 2015, entitled “Madagascar Past and Present: Biodiversity, Extinction & Conservation”, offered by NIU, SADABE and the University of Antananarivo. The program will be based in Antananarivo and Tsinjoarivo, Madagascar.

  Topics include (1) goals and methods of studying primates in the wild, (2) Madagascar’s evolutionary history and recent extinctions, including lab work at the University of Antananarivo and (3) current conservation threats. The course is largely experiential, with an independent project (on either extant fauna or recently extinct lemurs) dominating the students’ time in the field. Whereas our main focus is primates (specifically lemurs, extinct and extant), students interested in studying other elements of the ecosystem are welcome.

Madagascar Study Abroad 2015

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