Participants: Up to 25 university juniors and seniors, each Fall.
Dates: Application deadline is May 1. The program runs early-September to late November. Payment of Program Fee and purchase of airfare are required by Aug 1.
Academic Credit: Students in the program will be matriculated at Stony Brook University for one semester and, upon successful completion, will receive up to 15 undergraduate semester hours, which -at the discretion of the home institution- may be transferred and used in the fulfillment of the requirements for a Bachelor's Degree.
Courses (15 credits total, in Anthropology and/or Biology):
Field Methods of Primatology and Field Biology: Introduction to the concepts and practical skills needed to study lemurs, reptiles, mammals, birds, insects, plants, and aquatic habitats. (4 credits)
Primate Behavior and Ecology: An introduction to primate social systems and the factors that influence their maintenance and evolution. (3 credits)
Ecosystem Diversity in Madagascar: Take a cross-country trip to study the diverse habitats and cultural traditions of southern Madagascar.
Independent Research: Design, execute, and present the results of an independent study project, on a topic of your choice (biological or cultural), under the close supervision of project staff. (6 credits)
Participants: Up to 20 university juniors and seniors, each Summer
Dates: (Summer Session I)
Courses (9 credits total in Anthropology/Biology)
An Introduction to Field Methods (ANP/BIO 391): Students will learn the methods used by field biologists to study biodiversity within a tropical forest. Instruction will include exposure to techniques such as: behavioral sampling of non-human primates, mist netting understory birds, stream ecology assessment, botanical sampling methods, pitfall trapping of invertebrates, small mammal trapping, herpetological assessments, and field applications for geographical information technology. This course will also incorporate an Ecological Monitoring Project. Students will initiate a long-term study of invasive plant species within the forests of RNP. In carrying out this project, students will have an opportunity to apply the field methods techniques that they have learned and provide much needed information to the conservation community and RNP management staff.
Comparative Ecosystems Excursion (ANP 487): A cross-country trip will provide students with the opportunity to examine and compare ecosystems as diverse as rainforest, dry deciduous forest, spiny desert, mangrove swamps and coral reefs.
Malagasy Culture and Language (ANT 391): Students will attend formal classes with native Malagasy speakers meet with local community and school groups, and attend a variety of cultural activities within the towns and villages that surround RNP.
For more information on applying for the Study Abroad Program go to:
International Academic Programs
Melville Library, E-5340
Stony Brook University
Stony Brook, NY 11794-3397
Phone: (631) 632-7030
Links of Interest:
Click here to read a blog created by one of our 2009 Study Abroad participants.
Click here to watch a video on Madagascar produced by one of our 2008 Study Abroad students. The video has won the 2011 "Merit for Conservation" award from the International Wildlife Film committee.