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Fact Sheet:
Advisor:
Carol Lebold
Who Can Apply?:
UMA only - non-UMA students consult your study abroad office
Fields of Study:
African Studies, Anthropology, Biology, Culture, Ecology, Environmental Sciences, General Studies, Geography, Hospitality & Tourism Management, International Relations, Science
Language(s) of Instruction:
English, Swahili
Program Type:
Study Abroad
Housing:
Residence Hall
Minimum Class Standing:
1st Semester Sophomore
Minimum GPA:
2.8
Program Description:



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WILDLIFE MANAGEMENT STUDIES,
TANZANIA


PROGRAM DETAILS

  • Terms: Fall, Spring
  • Credits: 18 semester-hour credits
  • Prerequisites: One semester of college-level ecology, biology, or environmental studies/science; 18 years of age
  • Application Deadline: Rolling admissions. Early applications encouraged
  • Financial Aid: All accepted students can apply for need-based scholarships, grants, and loans


OVERVIEW

Experience this dynamic semester program examining complex, real world environmental issues on the ground in Tanzania. Critically consider how wildlife management, behavioral ecology, climate change adaptation, human-wildlife conflict, and community-based conservation play out across this culturally rich and biodiverse region. Connect theory with practice through field exercises, community collaborations, and multiday excursions, and apply them to a faculty-mentored Directed Research project. Present and discuss research findings with local community members, and contribute to long-term understanding and management of the Tarangire-Manyara ecosystem.


WHAT YOU'LL STUDY

  • Wildlife identification
  • Human-wildlife conflict
  • Rangeland assessment
  • Field ornithology
  • Natural resource management
  • Community governance of protected areas
  • Biodiversity conservation
  • Diverse conservation strategies


FIELD EXPERIENCES

  • Field lectures on large mammal migratory patterns during multi-day camping expedition to Serengeti National Park
  • Research on lion and elephant ecology in Tarangire National Park
  • Observations on tourism impacts on the wetlands of Lake Manyara National Park
  • Collaborations with Maasai, Iraqw, and Hadzabe tribal communities on community conservation, climate change adaptation and livestock predation mitigation strategies
 

DIRECTED RESEARCH

Through Directed Research (DR)—as opposed to basic, applied, or independent research—students conduct research on a specific topic that is part of the SFS Center’s long-term strategic research plan, which has been developed in partnership with local community stakeholders and clients.

The course, taught by resident SFS faculty, provides students with the opportunity to apply the scientific process in a mentored field research project that addresses a local environmental issue. Through the DR project, students contribute to a growing body of scientific research that informs local conservation and resource management decisions.
 


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Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year UMass/IPO Application Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Fall 2018 05/01/2018 ** Varies 08/27/2018 12/05/2018
Spring 2019 10/01/2018 10/01/2018 TBA TBA

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Students will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.