Students gain first-hand understanding of the Ecuadorean highlands

Every year since 2012, adjunct faculty member Stuart White has shared his deep knowledge of the Ecuadorean highlands with UVM students. His course, “Ecuador: Reading Grass Páramo–The High Andes Underfoot,” gives students a first-hand glimpse at this high-elevation savanna and how humans have shaped its ecology for millennia.

In 2019, Nicho Ader, a Narrative Communications & Media major, used the experience — and the dramatic landscape — to hone his videography skills. Watch his video for a sense of what this international experience means to the students who participate in it.

Learn more about this course and other travel-study opportunities with UVM faculty, or explore study abroad at UVM.


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