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September 29, 2017

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Georgia Southern University biologists quantify campus biodiversity

Biological Field Experience: Exploring the Ecuadorian Amazon

In the summer of 2017, Dr. Ed Mondor of the Department of Biology, taught his BIOL 5543S: Biological Field Experience course in the Ecuadorian Amazon. As part of the Study Abroad Program at Georgia Southern, Dr. Mondor first took his class to Ecuador in 2016 and will be making the journey again summer 2018.

The purpose of this program is to take an expedition to explore the enormous diversity of plants and animals that live in the largest tropical forest ecosystem in the world, the Ecuadorian Amazon. Students will visit key ecological zones around the country of Ecuador; ranging from lowland (sea level) to upland (13,000 feet) areas. The “jewel” of the trip is touring the Amazon Basin (a large section of tropical jungle that functions as the watershed for the Amazon River). In addition to being immersed in a tropical habitat, students will have the opportunity to meet local Ecuadorians who are high invested in their communities (i.e., through habitat conservation, restoration, and ecotourism) and that live in harmony with the land, while raising economically important plants and livestock. (Pictured below: students hiking at Quilotoa, a water-filled caldera located in the most western volcano in the Andes.)

Learn more about the program and application requirements.

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Experience the Aurora

When: Friday, October 6, 2017

Where: Georgia Southern Planetarium (Math/Physics Bldg.)

Over seven months in the Arctic Circle, our crews captured timelapse images of the Aurora Borealis with high resolution digital SLR cameras outfitted with fisheye lenses. The results are spectacular. For the first time the aurora has been captured as it was meant to be experienced, as a display that covers the entire sky. This immersive show shares the science behind the aurora and tells the story of our quest to find and photograph the aurora for wraparound display in fulldome theaters. ©2011 Evans & Sutherland

This show is suitable for viewers of all ages. Showtimes are 6, 7, 8, and 9 p.m. Visit the Georgia Southern Planetarium website for ticket information. Admission is free!

Running Time: 27 minutes

Upcoming Departmental Colloquiums and Seminars


  • Monday, Oct. 2 @11:15 a.m. Biological Sciences, room 1109, unless indicated otherwise: Dr. Bridgett Cotti-Rausch (South Carolina Sea Grant) Title: It's a small world after all: what I've learned in a decade as a phytoplankton ecologist.

Mathematical Sciences

  • Friday, Sept. 29 @3:30 p.m. Math/Physics, room 3314: Dr. Yongki Lee (Georgia Southern) Title: Threshold dynamics in hyperbolic partial differential equations.


  • Monday, Oct. 2 @12:30 p.m. Math/Physics, room 3001: Dr. Mark Edwards (Georgia Southern) Title: Producing Smooth Flow in Atomtronic Systems.

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The College of Science and Mathematics at Georgia Southern University prepares students in baccalaureate majors and the Master of Science programs.

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