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The Galapagos Islands with MSU Professors Michael Gottfried and Pamela Rasmussen

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

Explore the Galapagos Islands, one of the most biologically unique places on earth. Designated the first UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1978, the Galapagos Islands are home to an array of wildlife inhabiting an unspoiled ecosystem.  Expert naturalists guide you through the wonders of this national park. Each island in this volcanic archipelago hosts species that are exquisitely adapted to the surrounding environments.  See marine iguanas and the Galapagos tortoises and observe how species have evolved to interact with each other. Because the human presence is still relatively minimal, many of the animals are remarkably unafraid of visitors. Accommodations are aboard the Isabela II, a 40-guest vessel with spacious cabins, local cuisine, and a staff dedicated to ensuring comfort and maximum enjoyment.

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 Michigan State University and Curator of Paleontology at the MSU Museum. Mike currently teaches Glacial Geology and Climate Change and Paleontology at MSU, and he has led several MSU Study Abroad programs. 

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.