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Alex Zimmerman, Director
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A lake with mountains in the background in Guatemala.

Tropical Field Ecology in Guatemala

Freshwater Ecology in the Great Lakes and Guatemala: Promoting Sustainability in an Era of Global Change

Walk on the wild side with a hands-on expedition to Guatemala. Explore each region’s freshwater ecosystems through the three-credit field-based course Freshwater Ecology in the Great Lakes and Guatemala (BIO 3300 Tropical Field Ecology). This two-week course in Guatemala will familiarize you with diverse tropical ecosystems by employing field-based experimental and observational approaches to better understand how human activities impact resource exchanges.

Travel by plane, bus, and boat to experience the beauty and biodiversity of Guatemala. The program date TBD.

For more information, contact:

Scott Tiegs, Program Director
(248) 370-2695

Alex Zimmerman
Director of International Education

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Where You Will Be

Students will stay in hotels and lodges while in Guatemala in different regions of the country. Travel in Guatemala will be by hired bus or van.

What You Will Do and Learn

Students will perform fieldwork in Guatemala at diverse locations from the mangrove forests of the Pacific Coast to the azure shores of the Caribbean, aided by Universidad de San Carlos de Guatemala’s national reach and expansive ecological research programs. Connections will be made with an indigenous organization in the historic capital of Antigua, exploring native responses to climate change while practicing Spanish and learning conversational K’iche’Mayan.

Within the compact area of Guatemala, students will experience tropical dry forests, wetlands, floodplains, cloud forest, mangroves, and rivers, in addition to rain forests and reefs.

Students will connect with Guatemalan students from the Universidad de San Carlos de Guatemala to jointly explore field-based experimental and observational approaches in primarily aquatic ecosystems. Meaningful connections will be made for the purposes of research, exchange of experiences, and future collaboration.

What To Bring

A detailed list of what to bring will be provided by the instructor.

The approximate cost for this trip is $3,000, which includes airfare, all meals, lodging, park entrance fees, transportation (buses, boats, canoes, horses), and an experienced naturalist guide.


A valid passport is required that expires no earlier than six months after the program ends.


Freshwater Ecology in the Great Lakes and Guatemala: Promoting Sustainability in an Era of Global Change

Number of credits: 3
Program cost: $3,000
Application deposit: TBD
Meals: not included
Excursions: included
Airfare: included
Books and supplies: included
Extra costs: passport, personal incidentals, additional out-of-pocket costs will be negotiable and minimal