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The Galapagos Islands with MSU Professors Michael Gottfried and Pamela Rasmussen

Photo of The Galapagos Islands with MSU Professors Michael Gottfried and Pamela Rasmussen

Join fellow MSU Professor Michael Gottfried and Pamela Rasmussen and explore the Galapagos Islands. Designated the first UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1978, the Galapagos Islands have been described as a “unique living museum and showcase of evolution.” This journey features a day of guided touring in Quito plus a cruise through the archipelago with up-close access to endemic species. Expert naturalists guide you through the wonders of this national park, whale sanctuary, and marine reserve. A visit to the giant tortoises on Santa Cruz Island is sure to delight. Accommodations for this adventure are aboard the Isabela II, a 40-guest vessel with spacious cabins, and local cuisine. And sailing by small ship allows for flexibility in the itinerary to maximize wildlife viewing, as well as access to exclusive ports.

A minimum number of participants is required to send the faculty host.

MSU Hosts - Michael Gottfried and Pamela Rasmussen

Mike Gottfried is an Associate Professor of Earth and Environmental Sciences at MSU and Curator of Paleontology at the MSU Museum. Mike teaches Glacial Geology and Climate Change and Paleontology at MSU, and he has led MSU Education Abroad and alumni programs to Antarctica and Iceland. Mike’s current research is focused on the geologic history and fossil record of Gondwana, the ancient Southern Hemisphere supercontinent, including ongoing field research on the Falkland Islands (Islas Malvinas). 

Pamela Rasmussen is an ornithologist specializing in the study of Asian birds and is lead author of “Birds of South Asia: the Ripley Guide”. She has authored or co-authored the scientific discoveries of 11 new species of bird and serves on the American Ornithological Society’s North American Check-list Committee. She leads Education Abroad programs, mainly to Malaysia, Indonesia, and Costa Rica, and travels globally to photograph and sound-record birds.