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Princeton Field Semester in Kenya
Nanyuki, Kenya (Outgoing Program)
|Partner Institution/Organization Homepage:||Click to visit|
|Dept Offering Program:||Ecology and Evolutionary Biology||Program Type:||Study Abroad (semester)|
|Language of Instruction:||English||Language Prerequisite:||NO|
|Program Features:||Academic Study, Field Work, Research||Degree Level:||3 - Sophomore, 4 - Junior, 5 - Senior|
|Time Away:||Spring Semester||Housing options:||Guesthouse|
|Program Group:||Study Abroad OIP||Program Adviser:||Jordan Zilla|
Princeton Program: Tropical Biology and Sustainability in Kenya
The EEB Department offers juniors in their spring semester the opportunity to study at the Mpala Research Center in Kenya and do specialized field-research in the areas of environmental sciences, zoology, ecology, and preservation. Students will live and study alongside other Princeton students and after completing their fieldwork will return to campus to write about their findings. Sophomores and Seniors may receive special permission to participate; please contact Undergraduate Administrator, Sandra Kaiser (firstname.lastname@example.org). As with the Panama Program, four courses are taken in sequence and involve total immersion in the tropics. We have chosen Kenya as our Old World tropics site because of its rich variety of ecosystems and animals, and the presence of the Mpala Research Centre (MRC)—a facility for scientific research, education, and training in central Kenya, emphasizing environmental sciences, biodiversity conservation, and natural resources management. The courses taught in 2020 will include Genomics in the Wild, The Natural History of Mammals, Terrestrial Paleoecology, and Ecology and Conservation of African Landscapes.
Aside from studying animal predation and habitats, learning field techniques, understanding the importance of ecosystem restoration, and experimenting with fashioning building blocks from easily available local materials, students went on safari, visited one of the several private wildlife reserves in the area, climbed Mt. Kenya, and stayed, at one point, in a group campsite run by the local Maasai.
After students complete the 'in the field' part of the course they return to campus to write up their findings, present their work at a symposium, and work intensively on their junior paper. While in the field, past students have had the opportunity to present findings to local landowners and government officials, appear on Kenyan television and even meet with the US Ambassador to Kenya to present their findings.
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