Jordan | Amman, Aqaba, Dana, & Ajloun
6 credits, 5 weeks
Summer 2017 (July 9–August 6)
Through a partnership between EICES and The Columbia Global Centers | Middle East, the SEE-U Jordan program provides you with a unique opportunity to study ecosystems, biodiversity, and environmental sustainability in Jordan. Experience marine, desert, and forest ecosystems as you travel the entire country of Jordan from Amman in the north to coastal Aqaba in the south.
In Jordan you will snorkel pristine coral reefs and study marine ecology at the Royal Diving Club, a haven for international scientists studying sub-tropical ecosystems. These reefs contain over 350 species of bony fish, rays, hard and soft corals, and turtles. You will also explore deserts in Dana, see forests in Ajloun, and float on the Dead Sea to develop an in-depth understanding of ecology in Jordan. Extended stays at the Royal Society for the Conservation of Nature’s reserves in Dana, the Wadi Mujib canyon (part of the lowest nature reserve in the world), and Aljoun provide a comprehensive look at the country’s ecosystems and biodiversity. Cultural highlights during the program also include a trip to Petra, which has been named one of the New Seven Wonders of the World.
SEE-U Jordan uses current issues in Jordanian resource management to explore the interface between science and sustainable development. This program will teach you the fundamentals of ecology, evolutionary biology, environmental science, taxonomy, and experimental design. Ecology and biology coursework is integrated with labs and fieldwork across multiple sites and applied to the study of both marine and terrestrial ecosystems and to the wide variety of flora and fauna found across Jordan’s ecosystems. The centerpiece of the program is an individual research project which takes you through the process of planning, executing, and presenting your own ecological research on a topic of your choice.
Guest lecturers from government ministries and non-profit organizations are incorporated into the SEE-U curriculum to provide you with a full understanding of current issues in sustainable development including freshwater resource management, desertification, biodiversity conservation, and deforestation in Jordan.