Available for 1 - 3 Credits


Class will meet one evening per week during the spring semester at a time
determined by consensus

The course is open only to trip participants

Lecture Topics


Charles Darwin and the Voyage of the Beagle

Formation and Geology of the Galápagos
      Volcanism and Plate Tectonics
      Oceanic Volcanism and Volcanic Landforms
      Galápagos Calderas

Galápagos Sea Birds
      Waved Albatross
      Flightless Cormorant

Galápagos Land Birds
      Darwin's finches
      Galápagos Hawk
      Galápagos Mockingbirds
      Galápagos Dove
      Yellow Warbler


Galápagos Reptiles
      Giant Tortoises
      Marine Iguana
      Land Iguanas
      Lava Lizards

Human History in the Galápagos
      Discovery and Settlement
      Controversy over Galápagos Fishery Management
      Combating Introduced Species
      Rewilding of the Galápagos


Texts (included with trip):

Galápagos: A Natural History Guide,2nd ed. M.H. Jackson.  University of Calgary Press.

Wildlife of the Galápagos.  J. Fitter, D. Fitter, and D. Hosking.  Princeton University Press.


Current Trip and Course Documents:

2015 Information Packet

2015 Itinerary

Galapagos Take-Along Exam


Credit Breakdown:

1 credit attendance at weekly meetings + final "take-along" exam + participation in trip
2 credits   1 credit + preparation of daily journal and trip log
3 credits   2 credits + preparation of term paper based on readings and sightings as recorded in daily journal



All Galapagos images and text copyright Dr. Robert H. Rothman

 for more info, contact Dr. Robert Rothman: rhrsbi@rit.edu

This site was last updated on 1 September 2002