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URI FLP - Indonesia
Bali, Indonesia (Outgoing Program)
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BALINESE TEMPLES, KOMODO DRAGONS AND LIQUID HOT MAGMA
Indonesia is made up of over 18,000 islands that straddle the equator, spanning nearly 1,800 miles. This country contains two of the world’s 35 biodiversity hotspots and the third largest area of tropical rainforest in the world. Over 50 national parks and other protected lands harbor iconic species such as Komodo dragons, orangutan, elephants, and birds of paradise. Beyond the forest, Indonesia has 34,000 miles of coastline and an abundance of freshwater wetlands and rivers bearing high fish and invertebrate diversity. In a country of over 250 million people, forests and water represent important sources of livelihood for many Indonesians and finding a balance between use and conservation of these resources has become increasingly complex. Importantly, visiting Indonesia permits the study of the ecozones of Asia and Wallacea. The division between those ecozones is known as Wallace’s Line which separates organisms related to Indomalayan species to the west of the line from a distinctly different mixture of species of Australasian and Pacific Island origin to the east. Finally, Indonesia is a land of active volcanoes and powerful earthquakes and geologic hazards are part of the life of many millions of Indonesian people. We will investigate geologic hazards together with the dynamics of resource use and biodiversity conservation on both sides of Wallace’s Line on the islands of Bali, Java, Flores, and the Komodo Islands.
January 3 - January 18, 2020
ACADEMICSStudents will earn 3 URI credits for GEO 491, NRS 491 or CVE 491: Independent Study.
(*Special Note: Alternate course credit in academic departments other than GEO, NRS, or CVE may also be available under this program. Inquire further about this possibility.)
Upon arrival in Indonesia, students will be trained in conducting beach surveys. These surveys are intended to scientifically evaluate the degree of beach/marine pollution by plastics and other man-made materials. Students will be divided into groups and instructed how to determine the number and type of foreign particles that are present in an area of a specific size (4 by 4 meters). Student will then sort out the foreign materials, classify them (plastic, glass, paper, metal, etc.), count them, calculate the concentration of particles per square meter, and conduct simple statistical analysis of their results. This activity will be repeated at different beaches in different parts of Indonesia. At the conclusion of the J-Term, students will report which of the beaches was polluted the most/least and provide insights that could explain their observations.
ACCOMMODATIONSStudents will stay in double-occupancy hotel rooms, where available. Breakfast and lunch will be provided. Students will be responsible for some lunches and dinner (~$20 per day).
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Program fee includes:
- Round-trip airfare
- Some meals
- In-country transportation
- Excursions and cultural activities
- Health insurance
AIRFARE IS INCLUDED.
PROGRAM DIRECTORSTom Boving, Ph.D.
(401) 874-7053 - email@example.com
David Fastovsky, Ph.D.
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