Using primatological research as a point of entry, this program to Ghana provides an opportunity to experience diverse habitats and encounter groups of organisms not common in North America. It not only covers logistical components of research such as study design, data collection and analysis, but it also examines the human pressures occurring in this part of the world and the conservation issues that arise from these pressures. The cultural environment of Ghana exposes students to circumstances that are different from their own which, in turn, provides a fresh and insightful back drop to understanding human-environment relations. Those interested in Biology, Psychology, Geography and Environmental Design can also benefit from this program. After a week of preparation in Calgary, participants will travel to Ghana to work in the Boabeng Fiema Monkey Sanctuary, which is home to two species of monkeys (black & white colobus and mona monkeys).The close proximity of the sanctuary to the villages of Boabeng and Fiema allows participants to learn about the people and the culture of the area through regular interactions. In the field, students will learn through observation about primate behavior and practice census and ecological data collection techniques. Several fieldtrips to National Parks and community-based conservation projects are also planned.
Information and selection meeting for the 2013 field school will be held on Thursday October 4, 2012 from 4:00 - 5:00 pm in ES 702.
Please contact sicotte [at] ucalgary [dot] ca directly.