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Environmental Conservation in Southeast Asia
Spend three weeks in southern Thailand exploring Southeast Asia’s challenges and efforts related to biodiversity conservation through in-class lectures, hands-on fieldwork, research studies, and service-learning projects focusing on tree ecology and bird observation. Incorporating elements of conservation biology, biodiversity studies, sustainability science and more, this immersive course will take place in the Krabi province, located on southern Thailand’s west coast. In addition to the course content, you’ll conduct tree ecology research projects and bird observational studies all while learning more about sustainable living and conservation.
Live and study in one of Thailand’s most intriguing destinations: the beautiful Krabi province
Explore the crucial role of biodiversity conservation in Southeast Asia through a multi-dimensional approach including on-the-ground research and service-learning activities
Feel the course material come to life with extensive fieldwork such as collecting plant ecology data in the forest, processing drone images for biomass assessment and much more.
Get to know the country’s vast variety of birds, observing their role in forest regeneration and work in conservation projects
Dive into southern Thailand’s welcoming culture and community and have the chance to connect with nature like never before.
Combine this with another course from the other Summer in Thailand session for an extended summer experience
SUMMER IN THAILAND PROGRAM
This course is offered during Session Two of TEAN’s Thailand Summer Program. Students can select to enroll in one session for a three-week program (3 credits) or two sessions for a six-week program (6 credits). See more details on the Summer in Thailand program here.
About the Course
BSC 2932 Environmental Conservation in Southeast Asia
This course examines trends in biodiversity conservation in Southeast Asia, including an overview of grassroots efforts focusing on sustainable living in the region. Home to an estimated 30% of the world’s biodiversity and a number of unique natural environments – including the world’s largest archipelago, highest concentration of islands and longest coastline – Southeast Asia’s shifting economic situation has caused significant changes for the region’s demographics, agricultural practices and land-use, urbanization trends, biodiversity and social capital. These changes interact in complex ways and, together with the uncertainties associated with climate change, lead to far-reaching systemic consequences impacting livelihoods, social-ecological resilience and health.
Course themes include transdisciplinarity, system thinking and sustainability, ecosystem-based natural resources management, agriculture intensification and globalization, and links between biodiversity, health and disease. The course combines open discussions and lectures with field excursions to provide students with a holistic learning experience while studying in Thailand.
The course combines science-based biodiversity studies with community-oriented service where students will help with reforestation programs in various communities, such as schools, temples and reforestation sites in degraded forests.
The service activities are in direct relationship with the objectives of the course: understanding the relationships between people, biodiversity and the sustainability of conservation initiatives. The service-learning activities expose students to the reality of nature conservation in its cultural, political and socio-economic dimensions, complementing scientific investigations in a meaningful way.
Dr. Pierre Echaubard
Pierre Echaubard, PhD, is a health ecology researcher specializing in infectious diseases ecology and evolution, vector-borne diseases, adaptive management and the connections between biodiversity, health and wellbeing. A regular consultant for the WHO-TDR (a WHO special program on disease of poverty) and for numerous academic institutions and governmental organizations, he has been involved in environmental and public health projects examining how social-ecological factors influence vector-borne and parasitic diseases transmission, community resilience and more.
Dr. Echaubard regularly teaches courses in ecology and biodiversity conservation, sustainable development, public health and tropical medicine in addition to developing experiential education programs focusing on mindfulness-based practices and nature’s role in holistic health and wellness.
TRANSCRIPTS and CREDITS
Upon completion of the course you will be issued an academic transcript from TEAN’s School of Record. The course is worth 3 U.S. credits.
The program takes place in Krabi province for 21 days with hands-on, immersive sessions during field studies. Throughout the program, students will travel to different off-shore islands and beaches around Krabi, highlighting the unique characteristics of its beautiful scenic beach views, mangrove forests, coral reefs, caves, and temples.
Here, students will implement multi-day mini-research projects to learn about field experimental designs, collection methods, data processing in relation to biodiversity sampling, and assessment focusing on forests, trees, birds, mangroves, seagrass, coral reefs ecology, and restoration. Students will participate in activities, such as community outreach, restoration projects, and processing drone images into 3D forest models.
Regular unstructured time will be provided for students to interact informally with local interns, staff and community members, as well as process and reflect. A field report, written as a technical note to inform good restoration practice, will be produced by students and presented to our hosts toward the end of the field study program.
- 2.5 GPA
- Currently enrolled at an approved degree-granting institution of higher education.
- This interdisciplinary course strongly touches on components of ecology, conservation biology, biodiversity studies, sustainability science and policy. Previous experience in the above-mentioned fields is an asset but not mandatory, however, students should hold the capacity to discuss and grasp concepts and navigate perspectives from across different disciplines.
Be introduced to Krabi upon arrival with an Orientation that combines useful informative sessions with intriguing introductory cultural experiences. Experience a sensory overload as you learn about Thai culture and society, practice speaking key Thai phrases, and sample an array of deliciously diverse Thai cuisine. (All meals are included!)
While in Krabi, students will stay in twin shared accommodations with other TEAN students. The accommodation is fully furnished and sustainable. It is located 15 minutes from the city by car, and has many restaurants, and cafes nearby.
Our team works with you start to finish through the study abroad process. Our programs staff will help guide you through the application process to go abroad, then upon arrival in Southeast Asia, you will be met by our on-site staff who will provide assistance throughout your time in Thailand.
TEAN has a rolling admissions process. Late applications may be considered. Contact TEAN if the application deadline has passed.
This program accepts 15 students only. Early applications are advised as the program will close once capacity is reached. Students may be added to a waitlist.
Summer 2022 dates
|Application Deadline||May 1|
|Arrival Day||June 26|
|TEAN Orientation||June 26|
|Class Starts||June 28|
|Last day of class||July 16|
|Program Ends||July 17|
The Issues in Environmental Health course offered during Session 1 of the Thailand Summer Program is designed to complement the Environmental Conservation and Sustainable Development in SEA course. Both courses are taught by Dr. Pierre Echaubard.
Fees & Inclusions
Program fee: $4,450
Two Session Special
$500 off total cost of program
Must take a course in Session 1 and Session 2
- Full tuition (3 credits)
- Guaranteed pre-arranged housing
- Overseas health insurance, plus evacuation and repatriation insurance
- Orientation Program with meals, activities and transportation
- WiFi access in housing
- Airport transfers and all course-related ground transport
- Cultural events, excursions and field trips throughout the program
- Extensive pre-departure counseling and information
- Readings for all courses (provided as PDFs to download)
- Staff and resources available 24/7 to provide assistance and recommendations during emergencies
WHAT’S NOT INCLUDED
- International airfares (approx $1,200 – 1,400)
- Meals (approx $150-200)
- Local transportation in Chiang Mai and Pai for personal outings (approx $20)
- Travel insurance ($350)
Apply for TEAN scholarships – starting at $1,000 – for the chance to receive money specifically for studying abroad. Each year we award thousands of dollars in need- and merit-based scholarships, diversity scholarships, a full ride scholarship and more. Visit our scholarships page for details!