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Desert Ecology and Conservation Biology in Namibia
SWES 495/595F

hiking in Namibia

The Desert Ecology and Conservation Biology in Namibia Program (RNR 495A/595A) is offered through the University of Arizona Study Abroad and Student Exchange Program. The course takes graduate and undergraduate students to Namibia for six weeks where students are exposed to a multitude of unique experiences, including meeting foreign scientists and conducting independent research projects. Instructors for the course include Dr. Hans-Werner Herrmann (School of Natural Resources and the Environment and the University of Arizona Genetics Core), Dr. Thomas Wilson (Department of Soils, Water, and Environmental Science), and Taylor Edwards (School of Natural Resources and the Environment and the University of Arizona Genetics Core).
In addition to the primary instructors, the program is privileged to be joined by additional instructors, including; Dr. Jerry Weber, professor of field geology at University of California Santa Cruz and Dr. Sue Holt, Instructor of Environmental Sciences, Statistics, and Economics at Cabrillo College, CA. With this additional instruction, students are exposed to a strong, interdisciplinary perspective in keeping with the discipline of conservation biology.

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The program travels over 4,500 km in 4x4 vehicles and visits several conservation and management institutions including Polytechnic University in Windhoek, the Gobabeb Training & Research Centre, Namib-Naukluft National Park, Save the Rhino Trust, Twyfelfontein, Cheetah Conservation Fund, Etosha National Park, as well as visiting traditional villages. For students interested in the biological sciences, conducting field research "in situ" is invaluable in their professional development. A highlight of the program is the independent student research projects conducted during the last week of the program in the Kaokoland region. Projects have ranged from an inventory of Nile crocodiles in the Kunene River, examining commensalism with giant Baobab trees, mark-recapture and behavioral studies of agamid lizards, track count monitoring of vertebrates and invertebrates, and surveying local Himba people on the changing role of ecotourism in their area.


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View pictures of the past programs here:

Namibia2008 by Taylor Edwards (and others by J.Weber)

Namibia2009 by Taylor Edwards (and other pics by HW Herrmann and T.Wilson)

Namibia2010 by T. Wilson (and other 2010 images by HW Herrmann)

Nambia2011 by T. Wilson

Namibia 2012 by T. Wilson (and other 2012 images by HW Herrmann)

Namibia 2013 by T. Wilson


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This program is offered during Summer Session I. For more information, please visit the UA Study Abroad and Student Exchange Program; Namibia site or contact:

Dr. Thomas Wilson
Lecturer, Department of Soils, Water, and Environmental Science
twilson@ag.arizona.edu

Dr. Hans-Werner Herrmann
Associate Research Scientist, School of Natural Resources and the Environment
Assistant Staff Scientist, University of Arizona Genetics Core
hwh@u.arizona.edu

Taylor Edwards
Assistant Staff Scientist, University of Arizona Genetics Core
PhD Student, School of Natural Resources and the Environment
taylore@email.arizona.edu

We can also be found on the Facebook Group page; Namibia: UA Study Abroad Program.


image 5 Group hiking in Namibia

updated Jul 2013