Applied biology, ecology and research

Located in the tropical zone of the planet, Ecuador has constant temperatures throughout the year. This, added to the influence of the Andes mountain range and the marine currents, favor the appearance of diverse microclimates. Ecuador is recognized for being a small country comprehended by 4 regions that encompass a wide range of ecosystems and microclimates, for which there are endemic animals that live exclusively in small portions of the national territory. All these characteristics provide different types of vegetation and ecosystems that make this small country one of the 17 megadiverse countries, which are home to more than two-thirds of the world’s biodiversity.

This small country located at the heart of South America has plenty to offer in different areas of study but also specialized tours such as ornithology, marine ecosystems, herpetology, entomology, and climatic floors, among others.

Our biology and Ecology programs give students the chance to immerse themselves into Ecuador’s four regions, with unique experiences and activities that offer hands-on lessons and training in all fields related to natural science and applied ecology. These programs are an exciting chance for students to study and experience flora, fauna, and natural environments in some of the richest and most abundant ecosystems on the planet. Additionally, including activities that develop observational skills such as field work, conducting experiments, and keeping accurate scientific records in a megadiverse country abroad adds a lot to students’ resumes, researchers and professors.

Range of activities, topics and regions:

  • Applied research and practices on iconic species such as giant tortoises, amphibians, mammals and sea turtles. 
  • Tropical biodiversity and ecology (Amazon, Andes, Pacific Coast and Galapagos Islands) 
  • Conservation and monitoring programs
  • Community-based conservation 
  • Protected natural areas management
  • Natural resources management