Location: Auckland, New Zealand
Dates: Fall 2019: October 22-December 5, 2019
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
New Zealand Fall 2019
$ 150 Application Fee
$ 5,500 Program Fee
$ 3,100 Estimated In-Country Group Fee
$ 1,800 Estimated Airfare
$ 1,500 Estimated Food Money/Personal Spending
$12,050 Total Estimated Cost
Fall 2019: Program fees due by August 1, 2019
Our field course begins with the exploration of volcanic and predator-free islands in northern New Zealand. Here, amongst colorful parrots and rare forest birds, we will hone our species identification skills and examine concepts in insular ecology. As we travel south through the volcanically active center of the North Island, we will investigate the alpine ecology, geology and human history of the region. Our cultural and ecological exploration of the region will continue as we paddle the Whanganui River with local Maori.
Once off the river we will travel to a predator-free island in the Wellington Harbor and then across the Cook Strait to South Island. While on South Island we will hike through the mountains of the Kahurangi, travel the rugged west coast, and explore the alpine valleys of the majestic Southern Alps. Towards the end of the class we will work and hike among the lush Fiordlands before ending the class in breathtaking Queenstown.
Throughout, our field study team members will take part in key conservation and restoration projects. Together we will closely investigate natural resource management policies, and work with local organizations on issues concerning animal reintroduction and invasive species management. By the close of the program, each of us will have gained an intimate understanding of New Zealand's fascinating ecology and cultural history, its historical and current environmental challenges, and the conservation and restoration efforts being taken to address them.
MSc in Biology, Humboldt State University, 2017
Mason is a stream ecologist interested in the physical and chemical composition of aquatic ecosystems. Additionally, he has researched plant and insect interactions in the Andes of Venezuela and the recovery of the endangered Island Grey Fox on California’s Channel Islands. Mason’s passion for teaching and the outdoors intersect the most greatly when he is able to engage students in observing ecosystem processes that generally go unnoticed. As a two-time alumni of the 2009 Chile Patagonia and Pacific Northwest programs, Mason understands the importance of hands-on research experience. He has assisted with our Channel Islands Program since 2017 and will lead our New Zealand Program starting in Fall 2019.