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ESF Faculty-led, Short-term International Academic Courses

ESF offers several faculty-led, short-term international academic courses throughout the academic year. Since the courses are offered by ESF, students enroll in the course directly with the college and credits and grades earned appear on students’ transcripts.

Short-Term International Course Offerings

Spring 2018

ERE 311/511 Ecological Engineering in the Tropics in Costa Rica

Course Highlights & Facts:

  • Students will study and create ecological engineering designs that include appropriate technologies and permaculture approaches for the sustainable delivery of water, food, energy, and health resources.
  • Students will complete 5 homework assignments prior to leaving for Costa Rica to build core knowledge and be ready to use ecological engineering principles on the weeklong field trip.
  • Students will spend several days in a stunning rural setting at Rancho Mastatal with trips planned to tropical forests and waterfalls, coastal mangroves and beaches, fruit and chocolate farms, and a volcano.
  • Students will complete all course requirements before returning to ESF from spring break, so this course should not interfere with other spring semester courses during March and April.
  • Fees for the course are estimated at $1,400, which includes in-country lodging, travel, and meals, but does not include airfare to Costa Rica.
  • Enrollment is limited to between 12 and 16 students to justify, but not exceed, use of the in-country facilities.

Questions? Please contact Dr. Ted Endreny.

Summer 2018

EFB 500 Invertebrate Conservation Biology in Palau: From Ridge to Reef

  • This course will introduce students to the complexities of the conservation biology of invertebrates in a small country. We will emphasize the similarities and differences in doing conservation biology in terrestrial, freshwater, and marine habitats.
  • We will review foundational concepts in ecology and evolution as they relate to conservation biology, and will touch upon the interplay of geology, anthropology, geopolitics, and economic that have conspired to make the Republic of Palau such an interesting place.

Questions? Please contact: Rebecca Rundell.

Past International Courses

FOR 404 Ecotourism Abroad in Nicaragua

  • This course is designed to give students an international perspective on ecotourism, nature tourism, and volunteer tourism.
  • During spring break, students will visit several ecotourism and nature tourism sites in Nicaragua, meet with the managers of these sites, and discuss and assess the environmental, social, and economic impacts of ecotourism and nature tourism on local communities.
  • The trip to Nicaragua will incorporate a service learning component that engages students in volunteer efforts.
  • Prior to the trip, four class sessions will be held on campus to teach students skills needed for the trip. Following the return to ESF campus, students will participate in one discussion session and be required to submit a course project by the end of the semester.

Questions? Please contact: Diane Kuehn, 310A Bray Hall, (315) 470-6561.

EFB 500 Tropical Conservation Biology - Field Research in Peru

Course Highlights & Facts:

  • This is a field-based course in the Peruvian Amazon, which includes field lectures and exercises. However, a significant portion of the course will be used to conduct research previously designed in course prerequisite EFB500 - Tropical Conservation Biology - Research Proposal (Registration details at http://www.esf.edu/summer/ ).
  • ​The overarching goal of this course is to make students aware of the enormous responsibility humans have as stewards of the natural environment, and to provide them with the concepts, tools, and incentives to affect conservation of the natural environment. The field of conservation is focused on understanding the effect that human beings have on nature and proposing alternatives and solutions in order to protect biological diversity, including ecosystems, species, and genetic diversity.
  • Conservation promotes processes, both ecological and social, that support biodiversity. Being by nature an interdisciplinary field, where concepts and research in ecology, environmental science, taxonomy, genetics, and evolution inform the practical applications of social, economic, and behavioral sciences, conservation is as much about managing biodiversity as it is about working with communities.

Questions? Please contact Dr. Will Helenbrook. For more information check out this website.

EFB 500 Biophysical Field Methods in Namibia

Course Highlights & Facts:

  • This is a hybrid online / field course. Students take an online component (Biophysical Field Methods Online) to prepare for a field capstone experience in Namibia.

Questions? Please contact Dr. Scott Turner.

EFB 500 Visitor Education as a Wildlife Management Tool in Yellowstone National Park

Course Highlights & Facts:

  • The focus of this course is to demonstrate how public education that occur son federally-owned land can be used to manage wildlife and their habitats, and in some cases, how management of wildlife and habitats can be used to manipulate the behaviors of people. We will accomplish this by exploring different ecosystems in Yellowstone National Park and surrounding areas and by examining the park's educations materials. This course counts as an EFB elective.

Questions? Please contact Dr. Beth Folta.

LSA 496 Field Work in Urban Ecosystem Design in Spain

Course Highlights & Facts:

  • This course is an interdisciplinary field course to the city of Vitoria-Gasteiz, Spain to study the principles, practices, and techniques of urban ecosystem design in a city famous for its commitment to ecological urbanism. The course includes visits to specific sites and areas, field investigations along urban-rural transects, presentations and discussions led by professional staff at the City's Center for Environmental Studies (CEA) and by ESF faculty, as well as a visit to Madrid to study Madrid Rio.

Questions? Please contact Dr. Emanuel Carter.

EFB 434 Ecosystem Restoration Design in Mexico

Course Highlights & Facts:

  • A summer field course followed by a weekly seminar and workshop during the Fall. Will travel in a less developed country. Will examine degraded and restored ecosystems. Will travel on public transportation and stay in low -cost hostels. Will use contemporary problems as source material for course projects. Continuation of restoration project designs and analysis from the field trip will be part of the coursework alter returning to Syracuse. The course will explore restoration strategies in many different ecosystems. Will consider restoration needs in less developed countries and how that
    shapes design and evaluation.

Questions? Please contact Dr. Stewart Diemont.

Applying to an ESF Short-Term International Program

Students interested in participating in an ESF International Program must submit the International Program General Application and the Judicial Review Form to the course program leader (contact information appears below with course descriptions).

Upon acceptance into the program (prior to departure), students must submit a completed set of SUNY-ESF International Academic Program Student Forms with a copy of their passport, visa (if applicable), health insurance, and flight information (if the program does not include a group flight).

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