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  • Locations: Koror State, Palau
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • Restrictions: OSU applicants only.
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2018 03/15/2018 ** Rolling Admission 08/30/2018 09/14/2018

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.
Program Description:

Overview

FLP Palau BrochureHow do island's address issues of natural resource management, food security, and sustainability? What approaches are most successful in supporting productive, resilient ecosystems and food production systems both on land and in the water? How can traditional ecological knowledge help solve current agriculture and resource management challenges? What role do communities, government agencies, and non-profit organizations play in addressing these issues? How does climate changes affect these ecosystems?

The Republic of Palau will be your classroom during this 14-day course. Palau is an incredible country and is globally recognized as a leading innovator in sustainable resource management and conservation. You will get to know more about Palauan history, culture and natural wonders both on land and in the ocean (Palau's coral reefs are regarded as some of the best in the world). You will experience first-hand how local communities, agencies and non-governmental organizations are actively managing terrestrial and marine resources to ensure healthy, productive ecosystems that provide a wide array of goods and services including food, clean water, biodiversity, and more. Students will also work with Palauan scientists and students and see how they work to address issues, first hand, on conservation, food security and health relevant to their small island nation.

On land, we will visit the most diverse forests in Micronesia and learn how they are managed, explore food production and agroforestry systems and visit mangrove forests at the terrestrial-marine interface to understand their ecological and economic importance. In the ocean, we will kayak and snorkel/dive in some of the world's most diverse and productive seagrass and coral reefs systems and learn about sustainable fisheries policy and management. We will visit aquaculture facilities for giant clams, rabbitfish and other species, see coral reef restoration efforts first hand, review biodiversity measures such as genetic mapping of benthic marine invertebrate populations and learn about how and why Palau created the Palau National Marine Sanctuary, the sixth-largest fully protected area in the world.

Throughout the class, you will have a chance to work with, speak and learn from fishers, farmers, local experts, community leaders, traditional chiefs, terrestrial and marine biologists, non-profit staff, government scientists and policy makers. Key topics and issues that we will cover include food security and production, climate change adaptation, protected-area management, biocultural conservation, sustainable forest management, watershed management, sustainable development, coral reef and fisheries management, population genetics, biodiversity measurement methods and ecosystem restoration.

Click here to watch a video of the Program Leader, Dr. Bryan Endress, describing the program in his own words.
 

Areas of Study

Students will enroll in AGRI 399: Ridge to Reef: Sustainable Resource Management in Palau (3 credits)

Course Learning Objectives:
  1. Identify: (a) key ecosystem goods and services for both terrestrial and marine systems in Palau (b) challenges and threats to ecosystem health and (c) approaches to address and solve these challenges.
  2. Understand the importance of multi-disciplinary approaches to natural resource management, food security, and conservation and how social, economic, political and cultural factors influence management success.
  3. Develop, challenge, and expand your ability to observe, experience, and think critically. This course is meant to challenge your perceptions about resource management, food security, agriculture, and conservation.
  4. Compare and contrast agricultural and natural resource management in Oregon and Palau.
  5. Provide a global perspective of natural resource use, policy and management.

Student Learning Objectives:

Students will also develop their own personalized learning objectives as part of this course. We expect students from a wide range of programs and student specific learning objectives will provide a mechanism for students to focus on topics of particular interest to them and their career and intellectual interests.
 

Requirements

This Program is designed for students in interested in multidisciplinary perspectives on agriculture, natural resource use, management and conservation across programs at OSU (Agriculture Sciences, Fisheries and Wildlife, Natural Resources, Marine Biology, Forestry, Environmental Sciences, Geography, etc.). Content and learning objectives are appropriate for Freshman through Senior undergraduate students.

Physical requirements include extensive walking in hot humid (tropical) conditions, swimming, snorkeling and kayaking. Students must pass the OSU swim test to enroll.
 

Cost Estimates

To be determined.
 

Additional Info

The Program Leader is Bryan Endress. For more information, please contact Paul Dorres.