Friday, February 18, 2011

Summer Ecosystem Experience in JORDAN


The Center for Environmental Research and Conservation (CERC) at the Earth Institute, Columbia University is excited to announce the launch of a brand new Summer Ecosystem Experience in JORDAN

In partnership with Columbia's Global Center in Amman, the Columbia University Middle East Research Center, undergraduate students of all majors have the unique opportunity to study ecosystems and environmental sustainability in Jordan.

Summer Ecosystem Experiences for Undergraduates (SEE-U)
Jordan: May 21 - June 24, 2011

During this five week, six credit program you embark in the exploration and appreciation of Jordan's ecology through coursework and field research. This location is ideal for biodiversity studies, as a wide variety of flora and fauna are found in Jordan's wetland, marine, freshwater, desert, and forest ecosystems.

To supplement instruction, guest lecturers from Jordanian universities and organizations are incorporated into the curriculum. Focus is placed on understanding Jordan's important environmental issues such as:

- limited natural freshwater resources
- deforestation
- overgrazing and
- desertification

Ecology and biology coursework are integrated with fieldwork taking place at various sites across the country.

You fly into the capital city of Amman, for introductory course lectures over several days. You then travel south to spend time in the coastal southern region of Aqaba, to study coral reef and marine ecology at the Red Sea Marine Science Center. A weeklong stay at the Royal Society for the Conservation of Nature's reserves in the desert region of Dana and the Wadi Mujib canyon (part of the lowest nature reserve in the world, bordering the Dead Sea) provides a comprehensive look at the country's biodiversity, as you work alongside Jordanian scientists.

Enrollment at this field site is limited to 15 undergraduates from Columbia College, General Studies, and Barnard College. Interested candidates should complete the SEE-U application available on the CERC website. Selected students will be subject to a competitive, intensive review process, including an interview with staff members.

Click here for more information regarding the SEE-U program and the application process.

More detailed information regarding SEE-U Jordan will be posted soon. Please contact Desmond Beirne at if you are interested in this program.

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SEE-U Jordan is part of CERC's Summer Ecosystem Experiences for Undergraduates (SEE-U) program. Other Summer 2011 field sites include:

- Brazil (May 21 - June 25)
- Puerto Rico (May 28 - July 2)
- Dominican Republic (July 9 - August 13)

For more information on the SEE-U Program please visit our website and download our program brochure.
Contact: Columbia University, 1200 Amsterdam Ave., MC 5557, Schermerhorn Extension, 10th Floor, New York, NY 10027

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