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BIO 183

Off-Campus Extended Studies Course

Winter or May Term off-campus study project related to a biological theme.

Distribution Area Prerequisites Credits

Winter Term information

Kevin Kinney

183A: The Galapagos: Natural Laboratories for Evolution (off-campus)

The Galapagos Islands occupy a unique place in biology that far exceeds their geographic span. What was it about these tiny islands that inspired Darwin? Just how central were they to his formulation of the Theory? These are some of the questions we will address through our study of the historical aspects of the Galapagos, including reading from Darwin's writings made while aboard the Beagle. Through readings of modern research, we will learn just how these islands serve as "natural laboratories" for some of the most spectacular research in biology.

Students will become familiar with the natural history of the islands geography, climate and biology, as well as the history of human interactions with the islands. Students will become familiar with the problems of conservation of biodiversity in island habitats. Students will be expected to complete frequent responses to writings and discussions, as well as exercises in observation/documentation. Students will also prepare written and oral topics by researching the topics in somewhat more depth than the rest. Finally, students will prepare a portfolio of their experiences and observations on the Islands, and present this upon their return.

Additional Notes:

Students *MUST* be comfortable on and in the water. We will be spending a great deal of time on small boats. While biology majors will find greatest applicability, we are interested in as diverse a set of interests as possible.

BIO 145 would be helpful, but is not necessary. Some experience with college-level writing is also advised.

For more information about this course, including costs, please visit the Horizons off campus study system at then select "Search Programs" and enter "DePauw University Extended Studies" in the provider dropdown. To apply to participate in this course, select the "Welcome" tab in Horizons and login.