Regional Ecology: Adirondack Field Research Experience

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This field experience will allow participants to engage in field research in relation to the Adirondacks region. This is a four-day immersive experience. Participants will depart from the meeting spot in the Southern Boulevard Parking Lot at the Bronx Zoo on the morning of October 17th. Once in the Adirondacks, participants will work on gaining facility with the ecology of the region. This may include, but is not limited to, collecting ecological data on Adirondack biodiversity, interacting with researchers working in this region, and gaining an understanding of the human pressures affecting this ecosystem. Participants will depart from the Adirondacks and arrive back at the Bronx Zoo in the early evening of October 20th. All travel, food, and lodging is covered in this one-time course fee. Course fee of $600 is due no later than August 12th. This fee is non-refundable.

Location: Adirondacks
Date & Time: October 17-20, 2019
Price: $600

WCS AIP students must also register and pay tuition to Miami University. If you are not a WCS AIP student please call (718) 741-1682 for information about how to register for this course.

For more information about On-Site Professional Development, please contact: teacherinfo@wcs.org or (718) 220-5136


Meet Your Instructors

Gautam Surya

Gautam Surya has been passionate about wildlife and conservation since he was a child. He completed a bachelor’s degree in mathematics and biology at Tufts University in 2011, and he subsequently earned a Ph.D. in the Ecology, Evolution and Behaviour program at the University of Texas. For his dissertation, he worked on the community ecology, response to climate change, and conservation of birds in the Eastern Himalayas. In his spare time, Gautam is an obsessive birdwatcher and amateur naturalist.

Christine DeMauro

Christine DeMauro has a passion for wildlife conservation that she hopes to inspire within you and your students. Christine obtained her M.S. in Biology at Hofstra University, doing research on the behavior and physiology of seastars - sparking a love for marine invertebrates. During this time, while an adjunct instructor at Hofstra University, she obtained a graduate degree in education and became a licensed NYS secondary education biology teacher. After working briefly for the Department of Education as a teacher, Christine joined WCS in 2011.

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