Galapagos Islands

NEW for Spring/Summer 2018!

Dr. Krista Ehlert (Environmental Science Program) and Dr. Amber Pitt (Environmental Science Program, Biology Department) are working together with Ecology Project International to expose students to the wonders of the Galapagos Islands. "Field Ecology of the Galapagos Islands" is a .05 credit field study component of ENVS 350, offered in spring 2018

  • In collaboration with Ecology Project International
  • 0.5 credit summer field study course
  • Field component of ENVS 350 (Spring 2018 course)
  • Pre-requisites: Introduction to Biology or Environmental Science or by faculty approval


May 21, 2018 – June 1, 2018 


All participants will travel together, flying into Quito, Ecuador.  After spending one night in Quito, the group will fly to Santa Cruz Island.  While on Santa Cruz Island, aprticipants will learn about and work with tortoises, explore the Charles Darwin Foundation and hike to Tortuga Bay.  From Santa Crus Island, the group will travel to Isabela Island by boat where they will explore the Galapagos Marine Reserve and the Galapagos  National Park Breeding Center.


This field-based, experiential course introduces students to field methods in the environmental sciences and biology. This course consists of two distinct but integrated parts: the pre-trip and the field experience in the Galapagos Islands. The field experience will allow students to apply what they learned in the classroom in a field setting. Students will conduct research on the effect of habitat on tortoise migration, test their knowledge of Galapagos ecology, field sampling techniques, and statistical analysis methods.

 Housing and Meals

The first night in Quito, Ecuador is spent in a hotel.  For the remainder of the trip, all program participants live in platform tents for the first half of the trip and in a hotel for the second half. 

Faculty leaders

Dr. Krista Ehlert is the current Thomas McKenna Meredith '48 Postdoctoral Fellow in the Environmental Science Program. Her expertise is in applied plant and community ecology, with emphasis on understanding and manipulating the mechanisms of invasion to restore communities degraded by invasive plants.

 Dr. Amber Pitt is an Assistant Professor in the Environmental Science Program and Department of Biology at Trinity College. Her interdisciplinary, conservation-driven research focuses on elucidating patterns and causes of biodiversity loss and alteration across spatial and ecological organizational scales.


Comprehensive program fee: $4,600  (plus airfare)


Office of Study Away Advisor Eleanor Emerson:
Professor Krista Ehlert:
Professor Amber Pitt:

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Space is limited  to 12 students so students are encouraged to apply early . The Office of Study Away reserves the right to modify, suspend, or cancel any Trinity sponsored study away program that is under-enrolled.

Application Deadline:

November 20, 2017