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What is an ISP?

Like I mentioned briefly in my last post, I am currently completing my Independent Study Project (ISP). For the ISP, each student, with the help of our professors, chooses a topic they would like to study and a location. We then spend 3 1/2 weeks completing the field research and writing a 20-25 page research … Continue reading »

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The Infamous Galapagos Islands

I’ve dreamed about visiting the Galapagos Islands since I first learned about the animals there in my 4th grade Spanish class. I’ve learned so much about them through high school and college classes, books, and videos. Last week, my wish came true and I got to spend a very short 8 days in the Galapagos. … Continue reading »

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A Simpler Life

Amidst the chaos of a paper, a group project, and a presentation, among other things, we took a 3 day excursion to Yunguilla, a rural community an hour outside of Quito. Our only task: observe, participate, and reflect on life in Yunguilla. At the beginning of the trip, some people, myself included, thought about how … Continue reading »

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Palm Oil and Petroleum and Deforestation…oh my!

This past Friday I got back from spending 8 days in the middle of the Amazon rain forest. The first 3 days were spent in a small town called Limoncocha. To get there, we took a bus to the airport in Quito then a 30 minute plane ride to the town of Coca. From there … Continue reading »

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A week among the clouds

Well if there is a place that is the complete opposite of the Páramo, it is the cloud forest. It may not be rainy season, but it was wet, warm, and surrounded by everything green. After we crossed the continental divide (on one side rivers flow to the Atlantic and on the other side the … Continue reading »

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From 2800 meters to 4000 meters

The city of Quito sits at 2800 meters (a little over 9000 feet) which is already at a high altitude but for our first overnight excursion we traveled to an ecosystem called the Páramo which is right below the snow level of the Andes mountains at 4000 meters (approximately 13,000 feet). Now, to put that … Continue reading »

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