• Sophomore, Junior, Senior
• 2.75 cumulative GPA
• Some Spanish language skills preferred but not required.
• Open to UW-Madison degree seeking students and all degree-seeking undergraduate students at a US college or university. Preference is given to UW-Madison students
• Good academic and disciplinary standing


Geography; GIS

Classroom Language



Field Research Station

Program Duration

Summer 2018
July 11-24 (online)
July 26-August 8 (Ecuador)

Application Deadline(s)

TermApplication Deadline
Summer 2019  3/1/2019

Future durations will be posted at a later date.

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Ecuador, Quito
Ceiba Conservation GIS in the Tropics

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Apply GIS (Geographic Information System) skills to real-world conservation problems in Ecuador, South America through this hands-on field experience. At a remote biological station set in a tropical coastal forest, you will practice a variety of applications of GIS in conservation, participate in data collection and analysis phases of ongoing research programs, and apply your skills in a small-group conservation GIS project in collaboration with the Ceiba Foundation that fills the needs of local Ecuadorian organizations and communities.

The program overall totals four weeks, beginning with two weeks of online instruction followed by a two-week field expedition to Ecuador. The Ceiba Conservation GIS in the Tropics program allows you to implement basic and advanced projects in QGIS, a leading software platform in the field. This training will largely take place in an intensive, online learning format. The field component in Ecuador will provide hands-on practice complementing the online learning, with field activities in tropical habitats combined with computer work on-site.

GIS has grown increasingly important in environmental management and conservation, as well as urban and regional planning, biology, geography, environmental studies, civil engineering, wildlife ecology, zoology, agronomy, botany, forestry, landscape architecture, and soil science, just to name a few major areas where this course would give you marketable career skills.

The Ceiba Foundation for Tropical Conservation is a non-profit organization offering field courses taught by highly experienced and knowledgeable staff. Their field courses provide quality education while taking you to some of the most remote and pristine ecosystems left on earth.