Smithsonian Mason Semester Feb 09


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Smithsonian Mason Semester Feb 09

  1. 1. Smithsonian-Mason Semester: an undergraduate “study-away” program in Conservation Studies Smithsonian Conservation and Research Center, Front Royal, Virginia Dr. Anne Marchant, Associate Director, Mason Center for Conservation Studies Students in the field with Dr. William McShea of the Smithsonian Photo credit: Billy Tidwell
  2. 2. The Smithsonian-Mason Semester is a 16 credit program in conservation studies based at the National Zoological Park’s Conservation and Research Center (CRC) in Front Royal, Virginia. This 3200 acre facility is one of the premier conservation research facilities in the world.
  3. 3. A new kind of learning… • Classes are taught in an integrated fashion by a cohort of Smithsonian Faculty, Mason Faculty, and Visiting Speakers. • The learning community approach stresses the development of critical thinking skills, abstraction, and synthesis rather than memorization of facts.
  4. 4. The curriculum includes both natural and social science: • Biodiversity • Human factors in • In situ vs ex situ Conservation conservation – The role of NGOs • Reproductive – Human Wildlife Conflict Endocrinology – Laws and Enforcement • Climate Change – Conflict Resolution – Ecotourism • Species Monitoring – Environmental • Genetics Economics
  5. 5. This program prepares students for careers in: • Conservation Biology • Conservation Education • Conservation GIS and Tracking • Conservation Management • Ecology • Environmental Studies • International Conservation • Species Conservation • Zoology • Zoo Management Photo credit: Billy Tidwell
  6. 6. The CRC houses innovative research on some of the rarest species on earth, including Black footed Ferrets, Cheetahs, Clouded Leopards, Maned Wolves, Red Pandas, Przewalski’s Wild Horses, Eld’s deer, Scimitar Horned Oryxes, and many species of birds. Maned wolf pups born at CRC Jan 2008.
  7. 7. Program graduates find internships with a wide range of agencies such as Nature Conservancy, Walt Disney World’s Animal Kingdom, Smithsonian, US Fish and Wildlife Service, Fossil Rim Wildlife Center in Glen Rose, Texas, and the International Exotic Animal Sanctuary in Boyd, Texas. Students and faculty in the Reproductive Lab doing collection and cryopreservation of Eld’s deer semen
  8. 8. Activities may include: • Visits to the National Zoo, including the Genetics Lab , and Natural History Museum Archives • Visits to Conservation-related NGOs • Captive breeding demonstrations and laboratory work • Bird banding, Pan Trapping, Camera Trapping, Deer Trapping, Radio Tracking • Shadowing Keepers at CRC or other volunteer activities. Students in the CRC Endocrine Lab Photo credit: Sarah Itoh
  9. 9. Pre-requisites: • Students should have earned at least 60 credits (exceptions can be made in the case of strong applicants). • Some background in a natural science, ideally1-2 courses in biology or environmental science. • Students must be able to pass a Federal background check. There is no charge for this and US Citizenship is not required. How to apply: • Download the application from: Student banding birds Photo credit: Billy Tidwell Cost: • Email for current rates.