Location: Auckland, New Zealand
Dates: Fall 2018: October 21-December 4, 2018
Accommodations: Primarily camping, occasional youth hostel or rural lodge
Credits: 15 quarter credits or 10 semester credits
Language: English instruction
Courses: ESCI 437A, ESCI 437B, ESCI 437C
Prerequisites: One college level course of ecology or similar,
18 years of age
New Zealand Fall 2018
$ 150 Application Fee
$ 5,500 Program Fee
$ 2,850 Estimated In-Country Group Fee
$ 1,800 Estimated Airfare
$ 1,500 Estimated Food Money/Personal Spending
$11,800 Total Estimated Cost
Fall 2018: Program fees due by August 1, 2018
Our field course begins with the exploration of volcanic and predator-free islands in northern New Zealand. Here, amongst colorful parrots and rare forest birds, we will hone our species identification skills and examine concepts in insular ecology. As we travel south through the volcanically active center of the North Island, we will investigate the alpine ecology, geology and human history of the region. Our cultural and ecological exploration of the region will continue as we paddle the Whanganui River with local Maori.
Once off the river we will travel to a predator-free island in the Wellington Harbor and then across the Cook Strait to South Island. While on South Island we will hike through the mountains of the Kahurangi, travel the rugged west coast, and explore the alpine valleys of the majestic Southern Alps. Towards the end of the class we will work and hike among the lush Fiordlands before ending the class in breathtaking Queenstown.
Throughout, our field study team members will take part in key conservation and restoration projects. Together we will closely investigate natural resource management policies, and work with local organizations on issues concerning animal reintroduction and invasive species management. By the close of the program, each of us will have gained an intimate understanding of New Zealand's fascinating ecology and cultural history, its historical and current environmental challenges, and the conservation and restoration efforts being taken to address them.
PhD in Conservation Ecology/Transdisciplinary Doctoral Program in Sustainability, Stellenbosch University, 2014
Matt is a conservation ecologist with experience in facilitating action research approaches for collaborative landscape restoration and stewardship in South Africa and Australia. His research interests lie in coastal-marine ecosystems, naturalist mentoring and community-focused outreach. Matt’s PhD research drew on integral ecology, psychology and education to explore how meaningful nature experience supports transformative learning for sustainability. Matt has been teaching with Wildlands Studies since 2009 and has taught in Australia, South Africa, Tasmania and New Zealand. Matt currently leads our South Africa and New Zealand programs.