SFS CAMBODIA: CLIMATE CHANGE, ETHICS, AND CONSERVATION (SEMESTER)
- Terms: Fall, Spring
- Credits: 18 semester-hour credits
- Prerequisites: One semester of college-level ecology, biology, or environmental studies/science; 18 years of age
- Application Deadline: Rolling admissions. Early applications encouraged
- Financial Aid: All accepted students can apply for need-based scholarships, grants, and loans
Explore Cambodia’s diverse ecosystems – from the great Tonle Sap Lake to the Gulf of Thailand. Take field expeditions to ancient Angkor temples, study community approaches to combating climate change and preserving biodiversity, and learn about environmental justice and policy in a country unlike any other. This program includes extensive travel across Cambodia – you’ll spend time in an elephant sanctuary in Mondulkiri, in the mountain and coastal ecosystems of Kampot, and at conservation sites along the Mekong River.
- Meet the gentle giants of Mondulkiri: Visit the Elephant Valley Project, Cambodia’s original elephant sanctuary, to study elephant behavior and ecology.
- Spend the night in a floating village on the Tonle Sap Lake and learn from villagers about how they’re adapting their livelihoods to climate change.
- Observe some of Cambodia’s most striking and endangered species: Cantor’s giant softshell turtle, Irrawaddy river dolphin, gibbon, adjutant storks, and many more.
SFS students live and study at the Center for Conservation and Development Studies – our most urban Center – which lies on the outskirts of Siem Reap, near the famed temples of Angkor. The Center is a breezy, modern campus nestled in a quiet neighborhood minutes away from the bustling downtown area where you will find restaurants, shops, and markets with unique Cambodian flair.
- Elephant ecology
- Climate change impacts
- Traditional ecological knowledge
- Biodiversity conservation
- Environmental justice
- Buddhism influences
- Species identification and wildlife monitoring
- Elephant behavior analysis
- Conservation grant writing
- Ethics and reasoning
- Basic Khmer language
- Research design and implementation
- Data collection and analysis
- Research presentation
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