Travel Courses


Maymester 2012: The Galapagos Islands and the Ecuadorian Amazon
Maymester Course 2012, with Dr. Nash and Dr. Rischbieter. We spent one week aboard a luxurious yacht in the Galapagos Islands, traveled to the highlands of Ecuador and the famous Otovalo Market, and explored the Ecuadorian Amazon River.

Maymester 2010: Serengeti Safari
Students traveled to northern Tanzania to study the animals of the famous game parks of the Serengeti Plains. They studied the behavior of the large mammals of the area: elephants, lions, Cape buffalo, giraffes, wildebeest, zebras, etc. Study sites included Serengeti, Ngorongoro, and Tarangire National Parks. They also experienced the diverse culture and history of Tanzania, and visited agricultural Bantu and semi-nomadic Maasai villages and the urban environment of Arusha. Students were given the opportunity to explore the origin of modern humans with a visit to Oldavai Gorge.

Maymester 2009: The Galapagos Islands and the Amazon River
The Maymester 2009, with Dr. Wetzel, Dr. Rischbieter, Dr. Nash and Dr. Stidham. We spent time in the Galapagos Islands, the highlands of Ecuador, including an incredible train ride down the Devil’s Nose, and an exploration of the Ecuadorian Amazon River.

Maymester 2008: The Great Western Fossil Extravaganza!
The Maymester, with Dr. Inman and Dr. Rischbieter as guides, the group was taken on a fossil collecting and a time travel extravaganza. The trip began in Denver, Colorado and included stops at such well known fossil sites as: the Oligocene Florissant Formation; the Eocene Green River Formation, the Jurassic Morrison Formation, including stops at Dinosaur National Monument in Utah, Como Bluff in Wyoming, and the Dinosuar Museum in Thermopolis; the Eocene-Oligocene White River Badlands of Wyoming, Nebraska, and South Dakota. Students were also introduced to the rich Native American history in this area of the United States. Important tribes such as the Lakota Sioux, Arapaho, Pawnee, Cheyenne, and a number of others were a part of the study. We also saw the famous Hudson-Meng bison kill site, the scene of a paleo-Indian bison-fest.

Maymester 2008 Photo Gallery