Program Details

Location: Reykjavik, Iceland

Dates: Summer 2018: June 16–July 28, 2018

Accommodations: Primarily camping, occasional youth hostel or rural lodge

Credits: 15 quarter credits or 10 semester credits

Language: English instruction

Courses: ESCI 437A, ESCI 437B, ESCI 437C

Prerequisites: One college level course of ecology or similar,
18 years of age

Program Costs

Iceland Summer 2018
$     150    Application Fee
$  4,500    Program Fee
$  3,500    Estimated In-Country Group Fee
$  1,000    Estimated Airfare
$  1,300    Estimated Food Money/Personal Spending

$10,450   Total Estimated Cost
Summer 2018: Program fees due by May 1, 2018 


The Program

Team members will take part in hands-on investigations of the ecology and conservation of Iceland’s species and communities. Our first objective is to become familiar with the natural history of this country, its climate, geography, and flora and fauna. We will traverse the country visiting the glaciers in Vatnajökull National Park where we will discover the unique geology of the area, study plant colonization in deglaciating fragile tundra terrains, and explore glacial lagoons. From here we will make our way to Hveragerdi, which lies in an important rift zone. Next we will visit Þingvellir National Park where we will focus on lake ecology, speciation, and habitat specialization. Before reaching Snaefellsnes National Park, where puffins and other sea birds dominate the landscape, we will visit geothermal farms and whaling villages to explore how the people of Iceland thrive in a seemingly inhospitable climate. We finish in the northern fjiords, home of the artic fox. Here we will work with the Arctic Fox Center to conduct ecological research on the ecology and behavior of one of Iceland’s iconic species. Throughout this course we will study the behavior, ecology, interactions, patterns of diversity, and ecological niches of the species we encounter, and the challenges they are facing.

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Jennifer Verdolin

Program Leader

PhD in Ecology and Evolution, Stony Brook University, 2008

Jennifer Verdolin is a behavioral ecologist and science communicator dedicated to solving real-world conservation concerns. Her research interests focus on social behavior, individual differences in behavior, and the role behavior plays in conservation and management of species. She has studied prairie dogs, mouse lemurs, capuchin monkeys, and sea turtles. Jennifer currently holds a joint appointment as lecturer at the University of Redlands in California, and adjunct professor at Duke University in North Carolina. In addition to teaching, Jennifer is committed to outreach and science communication and she does this through popular science writing, radio, and television. Jennifer leads our Iceland Program.