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Art & Science of Saving Species

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Posted by: Global Vision International
Deadline: Fri, June 1st, 2018





    Taught by author, educator, and wildlife veterinarian Dr. Lucy Spelman in collaboration with Global Vision International (GVI), this 3 credit course includes two weeks of online study (lectures, readings, and discussion), two weeks of travel, and two weeks to complete a final assignment. The course explains the science behind conservation, challenging artists, designers and others to use their skills to communicate the critical role that the average person can play in saving endangered species in Costa Rica and beyond.


      Costa Rica is a well-known conservation success story—and yet, many protected species, such as the leatherback sea turtle, jaguar, and Harpy eagle, remain on the brink of extinction. All GVI study abroad programs have a 6 week duration, but students will only be in country conducting field work on community or conservation projects for 2 weeks. During the travel portion of the course, you will choose a species of interest and gather as much information about it as possible using all available resources. These include direct observation of the animal in its natural habitat, interviews with scientists and other experts, interviews with local people who may or may not interact with it, as well as surveying documentation detailing the threats to its survival. In the process, you will discover that conservation is more than a science; it is a decision-making process influenced by many factors, including our motivation to take action.    


During the program, you will be expected to take part in bird surveys, turtle research, and other conservation-related activities. You will also be taking part in guest lectures from local scientists, and perhaps even local artists in the community. During the week’s hands on elements there will also be time to learn more about Costa Rican culture, successful sustainable development projects, and your individual reflections surrounding this academic experience.

     The course is open to any participant with an interest in science and art, keeping in mind that the the final evaluation centers around the creation of a piece of art, or the formulation of an innovative way to communicate information about conservation to a non-scientific audience.




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Posted on Fri, January 5th, 2018
Expires on Fri, June 1st, 2018

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