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Antarctica – Human Impacts on a Fragile Ecosystem

BIOL 3954

Wintermester 2016

December 15 - 30, 2016

This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to experience the remote and dramatic wilderness of the world’s least-understood continent. Towering icebergs, glacier-draped mountains, and waddling penguins are just a few of the wonders that greet you on this experiential program. You’ll explore contemporary issues in Antarctica and the adjacent Southern Ocean, and learn how this otherworldly continent is so closely linked with the civilized world. The program starts with a Fall online course that includes weekly webcast lectures covering a diverse range of Antarctic topics. The two-week field study takes place during your winter break, which is summer in Antarctica, when you’ll fly to Tierra del Fuego in Argentina before journeying by ship to the Antarctic Peninsula.

Although uninhabited and only recently explored, Antarctica is closely linked with the populated world. This program explores many of these important interconnections. Your study of the Frozen Continent will give you an excellent perspective on the ways that humans impact the world beyond our neighborhoods and national borders.

During your visit to South America and Antarctica, you will share comfortable hostel-style accommodations on land and staterooms at sea with other students in the group. It’s a chance to make life-long friends while visiting one of the most intriguing places on earth.

Faculty Leader:
  •     Lori Blanc
  • Lori Blanc
  • Assistant Professor of Practice
  • (540) 231-5256
  • Dept. of Biological Sciences
    Derring Hall, RM 4082, Virginia Tech
    Blacksburg, VA 24061
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