2014 UW Exploration Seminar PERU

2014 UW Exploration Seminar


Andes to Amazon: Biodiversity, conservation, and sustainability

Program Directors: Ursula Valdez and Tim Billo Dates: 28 August-19 Sept 2014

Information Session: 23 Jan 2-4pm at the POE Commons (Wallace Hall, 1st floor). More details in our website. Submit

your complete application soon. This is a popular program!

An ecological and cultural exploration from the high mountains to the rainforest of southeastern Peru: The SE

Peruvian Andes with high altitude glacier-clad peaks that descend to the hot, humid lowland rainforests in the Amazon

Basin are of one the most biologically diverse places on Earth. This region is also known for a diverse array of indigenous

and modernized cultures, with an expanding population that currently threatens the ecology and beauty of this area. In

this seminar, we will explore the fascinating diversity of organisms and ecosystems of this region, while studying the

conservation challenges confronting it. Through surveys of the biodiversity, and meetings with indigenous people, land-use

managers, conservationists, and other stakeholders, we will analyze sustainable alternatives for the conservation of this

– Natural History and research techniques for birds, mammals, and other vertebrates as well as invertebrates and plants

– Ecology and Conservation or Andean grasslands and cloud forest of Manu Biosphere Reserve

– Ecology and Conservation of Amazon rainforest in Manu National Park

– Traditional agriculture and resource use by rural communities

– Historical relationships of the Incas and the environment, and present-day tourism impact on Machupicchu ecosystems

Earn 5 graded credits from BIOL 493 and ENVIR 496. (others can be discussed) More information on the program, application, costs, and photos

of places we will visit can be found at the UW study abroad (exploration seminars) website: http://studyabroad.washington.edu/index.cfm?


and our course website: http:///faculty.washington.edu/timbillo/