July 7, 2014 - Eight King's College students recently completed a three-week faculty-led study abroad program to the Los Amigos Biological Station in the lowland Amazon forest in Peru.
Student participants were Paige Desaulniers, Buffalo, N.Y.; Leann Dudash, Wilkes-Barre; Elizabeth Hoover, Dallas; Nicholas Humphreys, Kingston; Chad Katra, Tunkhannock; Elizabeth Lorenz, Hazleton; Rebecca Taylor, Dauphin; and Jacob Quin, Norristown.
The program, titled "Tropical Ecosystems", featured a number of activities including, independent research and excursions to Lima, Cusco, Puerto Maldonado, and Machu Picchu.
The program was designed to enhance students understanding of the importance of biological diversity in tropical forests and the Amazon River Basin, environmental issues related to the extraction of natural resources, cultural differences within and among nations, and the process of scientific research.
Dr. Garrett Barr, department chair and associate professor biology, and Dr. Tammy Tintjer, assistant professor of biology, were the program directors. Megan Borsuk, coordinator of short-term faculty-led programs abroad, assisted in developing the program.
King’s College is a Catholic College sponsored by the Congregation of Holy Cross.
King¹s students and faculty participating in the short-term study abroad experience to the Los Amigos Biological Station in the lowland Amazon forest in Peru are, seated from left: Elizabeth Hoover, Leann Dudash, Jacob Quin, and Paige Desaulniers. Standing: Dr. Tammy Tintjer, assistant professor of biology; Rebecca Taylor; Chad Katra; Nicholas Humphreys; Elizabeth Lorenz; and Dr. Garrett Barr, department chair and associate professor biology.